William Sabol

Nonresident Senior Fellow

William Sabol, Ph.D., is a Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University,  with special expertise in criminal justice research and policy, and an established career in directing research related to child welfare, juvenile and criminal justice, and vulnerable and aging populations.

Dr. Sabol has directed major federal agency efforts in improving crime victimization surveys, including measuring rape and sexual assault, and children’s exposure to violence. He has also led efforts in the use of data science for research, as well as enhancing the use of administrative data for statistical purposes, linking records within and across systems and combining survey and administrative data.

Dr. Sabol was a member of the steering committee at the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) of the National Academies of Sciences in 2016 that developed a workshop on principles and practices for federal program evaluation. He also served on the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology, 2009-2016; and the Inter-Agency Council on Statistical Policy (Federal Statistical Agency Directors), 2013-2016. From 2016-2017, Dr. Sabol was a Westat Vice President and directed our research on justice, child welfare, and family services.

In recognition of his contributions to the field, Dr. Sabol has been named a Westat nonresident Senior Statistical Fellow and serves on the Westat Statistical Fellows Committee, which provides consultation on important survey statistics issues and addresses recent advances in applied statistics.


Ph.D., Policy Research and Analysis , University of Pittsburgh
Fulbright Scholar, University of Cambridge
B.A., Urban Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Selected Publications

Myers S.L., Sabol W.J., Xu M., and Vega D.V. (2018).

Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in Foster Care.

Sabol W.J. (2016).

Could linked data help us better understand the macro-level consequences of mass imprisonment?.

Tiedt A. and Sabol W.J. (2015).

Sentence length and recidivism among prisoners released across thirty states in 2005: Accounting for individual histories and state clustering effects.

Binswanger I., Carson E.A., Krueger P.M., Mueler S.R., and Sabol W.J. (2014).

Prison tobacco control policies and deaths from smoking in United States prisons: population based retrospective analysis.

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