Cecelia M. Klingele
Associate Professor, Faculty Associate to the Remington Center, Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, Faculty Affiliate of the La Follette School of Public Affairs
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
Cecelia Klingele is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she teaches courses in criminal law, Constitutional criminal procedure, policing, and sentencing and corrections. She is also a faculty associate of the Frank J. Remington Center, the La Follette School of Public Affairs, and the Institute for Research on Poverty.
Professor Klingele's academic research focuses on criminal justice administration, with an emphasis on community and institutional corrections. She has served as Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute's Model Penal Code: Sentencing revision (2012-2018), External Co-Director of the University of Minnesota Robina Institute's Sentencing Law & Policy Program (2013-2018), and co-chair of the Academic Committee of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section (2009-2013).
After receiving her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2005, Professor Klingele served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Judge Susan H. Black of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and Associate Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court. She returned to the University of Wisconsin in 2009 as a visiting assistant professor, and has been a permanent faculty member since 2011.
Professor Klingele and her husband live in Madison. They have four grown children, and six more at home who ensure life is never boring.
Scholarship & Publications
- Criminal Justice Administration
- Sentencing and Correctional Policy
- Community Supervision
- Collateral Consequences of Conviction
- Youth Justice
Cecelia Klingele's article, "Measuring Change: From Rates of Recidivism to Markers of Desistance," was published in the Fall 2019 edition of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.
In May, Cecelia Klingele presented "Reimagining Youth Justice" at the 2019 Youth Services Conference: Tools for Resilience and Connection. The conference was co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and the UW School of Social Work's Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System.
Cecelia Klingele spoke on the panel, "The First Step Act and Beyond," which addressed how the federal law relates to state-level criminal justice reform. The panel was part of the Annual Meeting of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association and Judicial Conference of the Seventh Circuit, held in May.
Cecelia Klingele was a participant and opening speaker at ALI & NCSL Roundtable Conference, "Current & Possible Legislative Approaches to Restoration of Rights and Opportunities," held in Washington, D.C. in January.
Cecelia Klingele gave a presentation entitled "Managing Prison Populations through Legislative Reform" at the West Virginia College of Law for its symposium Crime & Punishment: The Legal Ramifications of Prison Overcrowding.
Cecelia Klingele was on a panel at a symposium of Ohio policymakers and criminal justice practitioners titled "Ohio's Sentencing Policies and Practices, Costs and Consequences." The panel provided a national perspective on criminal justice system reform in the wake of the financial crisis.
Cecelia Klingele's article "Changing the Sentence Without Hiding the Truth: Judicial Sentence Modification as a Promising Method of Early Release," 52 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. (forthcoming 2010), was featured on the CrimProf Blog as one of the Top Ten Recent SSRN Criminal Law & Procedure Downloads. The Sentencing Law & Policy Blog has called the piece a "a timely must-read."
News & Media
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020Cecelia Klingele: Meaningful prison reform will require large-scale change
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020Cecelia Klingele weighs in on proposed reforms to state's criminal justice system
Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020Cecelia Klingele: Recidivism shouldn't be the sole measure for judging correctional success
The Crime Report
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019Campus definitions of sexual consent often surpass legal standards, says Cecelia Klingele
The Badger Herald
Monday, Jul 1, 2019Cecelia Klingele looks at Wisconsin's complex community corrections system to understand why so many on supervision are failing
Thursday, Mar 28, 2019Cecelia Klingele praises prosecutors' restraint in handling case of abducted Wisconsin teen
Monday, Feb 25, 2019Cecelia Klingele comments on the increase in criminal charges filed in Walworth County
Friday, Feb 1, 2019Cecelia Klingele discusses possible added charges in Wisconsin kidnapping and murder case
The Mitchell Daily Republic
Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018As a new statewide criminal justice panel forms, Cecelia Klingele takes a look at issues facing Wisconsin's prison system
Wisconsin Public Radio
Monday, Nov 5, 2018Cecelia Klingele outlines factors affecting Wisconsin's rising prison population
Thursday, Jul 12, 2018Cecelia Klingele discusses politics and prison reform in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Public Radio
Friday, Mar 9, 2018Sauk County felony case growth outpaces state; Cecelia Klingele comments
Baraboo News Republic
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018Cecelia Klingele discusses problems with Wisconsin's GPS monitoring of offenders
Appleton Post Crescent
Monday, Feb 12, 2018Cecelia Klingele discusses Wisconsin's Chapter 980 law on sexually violent offenders
Wisconsin Public Radio
Friday, Jan 5, 2018Governor announces plans to close Lincoln Hills youth prison; Cecelia Klingele comments
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Law & Society