Mark Jones's Bio:
University criminologist Mark Jones combines his expertise in the field of criminal justice with his lifelong study of the Bible in Criminals of the Bible: Twenty-Five Case Studies of Biblical Outlaws. He presents a fresh look at today’s controversial justice issues through the lens of Scripture.
Jones has been a professor of criminal justice at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina since 1993. His courses taught include organized crime, probation and parole, terrorism and criminal justice history. He recently returned from Israel where he participated as an academic fellow in the Foundation of Defense of Democracies’ program on terrorism. Mark regularly conducts training sessions for correctional professionals and police officers, primarily on ethics.
Jones has published dozens of articles, book chapters, book reviews in academic journals, and magazines for criminal justice practitioners. In addition, he has given hundreds of presentations at academic conferences. He authored a comprehensive text on probation and parole titled Community Corrections as well as Criminal Justice Pioneers in U.S. History, a compilation of short biographies of key American criminal justice figures.
Jones was born and raised in Griffin, Georgia. He received a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Georgia in 1982, which led to his employment as a Recreation Supervisor at an adult male prison, in Leesburg, Georgia.
In 1983, Jones took a job as an adult probation officer for the Georgia Department of Corrections. While working as a probation officer, he obtained his M.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University. He began teaching college courses in 1987 as an adjunct instructor for Mercer University. In 1989, Jones moved to Huntsville, Texas to work toward his Ph.D. degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University.
Mark, his wife, Donna, and his two children, Sam and Beth, live in Winterville, North Carolina. He is a devoted fan of Atlanta Braves baseball, Georgia Bulldogs football, and his children’s sporting events. In addition to reading, Mark enjoys movies and bicycling. The Jones family are members of The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville.