Gary Cornelius

Gary Cornelius

Gary Cornelius

Adjunct Faculty

Corrections, jails, community corrections

Lt. Gary F. Cornelius retired in 2005 from the Fairfax County (VA) Office of the Sheriff, after serving over 27 years in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. His prior service in law enforcement included service in the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division. His corrections career included assignments in confinement, work release, programs, planning/ policy and classification.

He has been an adjunct faculty member of the Criminology, Law and Society Department at George Mason University since 1986, where he has taught four corrections courses:  punishment and corrections, community corrections, jails, and preparation for internship. He also teaches corrections in service sessions throughout Virginia, and has performed training and consulting for the American Correctional Association, the American Jail Association, and the National Institute of Justice. His latest book, The Correctional Officer: A Practical Guide: Second Edition was published in June 2010 by Carolina Academic Press. He has authored several other books about corrections, including The Art of the Con: Avoiding Offender Manipulation, Second Edition, (2009) from the American Correctional Association, and The American Jail:  Cornerstone of Modern Corrections, (2008) from Pearson Prentice Hall.

Gary received a Distinguished Alumnus Award in Social Science from his alma mater, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and an Instructor Appreciation Award from George Mason University.  In January 2011, Gary started a blog, "Tales from the Local Jail," on The Corrections Connection (www.corrections.com), followed in January 2012 by his second blog, "Talks About Training," on CorrectionsOne (www.correctionsone.com).  He has several correctional books in development, including (later this year), new editions of The Correctional Officer:  A Practical Guide, and The Twenty Minute Trainer, from the Civil Research Institute.  In 2015, Gary appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and Tier Talk, discussing corrections security, training, and staffing issues.