Hayden P Smith

Dr. Hayden P Smith

University of South Carolina
1305 Greene St
Office: 803-741-8360

Dr. Hayden P. Smith is a Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina. His principal focus of study is the intersection of the criminal justice and public health systems. Dr. Smith is a national and international expert on self-injurious and suicidal behaviors occurring in incarcerated populations. Other areas of expertise include mental health programs in jail and prison, officer use of force, officer wellness and resiliency, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), reentry initiatives, and best practices in evaluating corrections-based programs. Dr. Smith has expertise in program evaluation and policy analysis and has worked with numerous correctional and health systems, including over one million dollars in research grants. Dr. Smith’s previous publications have appeared in top-tiered journals like Justice Quarterly, Crime & Delinquency, and Criminal Justice & Behavior. Dr. Smith has engaged in training of correctional staff and administrators, along with policy development and program evaluation. This has included reports, trainings, and presentations for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). He is an expert on the national standards for correctional institutions.

Areas of Expertise
  • Correctional Healthcare
  • Criminology
  • Jail Suicide
  • Jails & Prisons
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Violent Crimes


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