Dr. Vidisha Barua Worley, Esquire

Visisha Worley

General Information

  • Position: Professor of Criminal Justice
  • E-mail: vworley@lamar.edu
  • Phone: 409-880-7778
  • Office: Maes 102


  • Ph.D. Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, TX, 2008.
  • LL.M. Criminal Law, State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, 2004.
  • LL.B. University of Delhi, India, 1998.
  • B.Ed. English Teaching Methodology, University of Delhi, India, 1992.
  • M.A. English Literature, University of Delhi, India, 1991.
  • B.A. English Literature and Language. Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam, India. First Class Honors with Distinction. Third Rank in University. 1989.

Professional Status

  • Admitted to the New York State Bar on June 24, 2004.
  • Admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi, India, on March 20, 1999.

University, Professional, and Community Service

  • Chair of Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Committee on National Criminal Justice Month, 2014-2015.
  • Chair of the "Comparative International Courts and Corrections” topic area in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences program for the 2015 Annual Meeting.

Recent Research

My research areas include police and prison officers' liabilities for the use of tasers and stun guns, the death penalty, prison rape, correctional officer deviance, inappropriate relationships between inmates and correctional officers, cyberbullying and sexting, ethical issues in criminal justice, and terrorism.

Selected Publications

Worley, V.B., Worley, R. M. (2014). "Shocking decisions: Tasers, stun guns, use-of-force continuum, and legal liability of police and correctional officers." Criminal Law Bulletin, 50(6) (Forthcoming).

Worley, V.B., Worley,  R. M., Mullings, J. L. (2010). "Rape Lore in Correctional Settings: Assessing Inmates Awareness of Sexual Coercion in Prisons." Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, 7(1), 65-86.

Barua, V. (2008). "Synthetic sanity: A way around the Eighth Amendment?" Criminal Law Bulletin, 44(4), 561-572.