Scott Garland

Visiting Professor


M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Criminology

Degree Awarded: May 2009

B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Criminology

Degree Awarded: May 2008

CV: CV-Spring-2024.pdf


Areas of Interest

Corrections, Policing, Wrongful Convictions, Capital Punishment, Bill of Rights, Constitutional Law, Routine Activities Theory.


Scott Garland embarked on his professional journey with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) as a Correctional Officer at the United States Penitentiary (USP), Hazelton – a high-security facility nestled in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, in 2009. His career trajectory within the BOP saw him taking on roles of increasing responsibility, starting as a Senior Officer at USP Hazelton in September 2010, then assuming the position of Case Manager in February 2012, and later becoming the Case Management Coordinator at FCI La Tuna in Anthony, Texas, in December 2016.

In March 2020, Scott Garland earned the distinction of being chosen as the National Victim Witness Program Coordinator at the Central Office in Washington, D.C. In this pivotal role, he operationalized the BOP's victim witness program and served as the agency's liaison with key entities such as the Federal courts, United States Attorneys, U.S. Parole Commission, and U.S. Probation. His responsibilities extended to developing and coordinating training events and spearheading initiatives to enhance new victim/witness notifications.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Scott Garland was appointed as the Associate Warden at the medical center for federal prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, in December 2021, and later as the Associate Warden at USP McCreary, Kentucky, a position he currently holds today. His extensive experience encompasses working across all security level institutions within the BOP, including both male and female facilities. Prior to joining the BOP, he served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Blair County Sheriff's Office in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Bringing over fifteen years of law enforcement experience to the classroom, Mr. Garland is dedicated to leveraging his field expertise to enrich discussions throughout the semester.

Beyond his professional roles, Scott Garland actively participates in professional organizations, including the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, and the American Correctional Association. His commitment to excellence was further affirmed in January 2018 when he received the Federal Bureau of Prisons Assistant Director's Award for Correctional Programs, acknowledging his oversight and implementation of the specialized immigration and U.S. Marshal's Holdover program at FCI La Tuna.

Currently, Scott Garland holds the position of Visiting Professor at New Mexico State University (NMSU) Las Cruces and serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Southeast New Mexico College Carlsbad and Southern New Hampshire University.