L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Blythe Bowman

Blythe A. B. Balestrieri

Associate professor

Raleigh Building, Room 2013 Phone: (804) 828-5708 Email: bbalestrier@vcu.edu


  • Art and antiquities theft
  • Inmate litigation and inmates' right of court access
  • Correctional law and jail management


B.A., Classics, Iowa State University
B.A., Anthropology, Iowa State University
M.A., Anthropology (biological concentration), University of Iowa
T.E.F.L. Certification, Interlingue School of Languages, Rome, Italy
St. John’s University School of Law Rome Summer Program
Ph.D., Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha

M.S.L.I.S. Law Librarianship, Catholic University of America (in progress)


Criminal law, criminal procedure, introduction to corrections, jails and issues in short-term detention, comparative criminal justice systems

Research interests

Art theft, antiquities trafficking, institutional corrections, inmates’ rights, correctional law


Blythe A. B. Balestrieri collaborated with Dr. Robyn McDougle and Sheriff Michael Wade to create the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office Basic Jailor Academy, which has been in successful operation since summer 2011. Bowman Balestrieri also oversees law library services for jail residents at the Richmond City Sheriff's Office. She received the Wilder School Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award for 2014.

Balestrieri also helped put together an international conference on organized crime in art and antiquities while serving as a key member on the planning committee of the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council to the United Nations. While working for the Douglas County Department of Corrections in Omaha, Neb., she received the Director’s Coin of Excellence as well as a commendation for her work in the county jail law library. As a junior faculty member at VCU, she was selected to serve as guest editor on two special editions on art crime for the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice and Crime, Law, and Social Change. Balestrieri is a member of the American Society of Criminology, American Jail Association, American Correctional Association, Virginia Correctional Association, Southern States Correctional Association, the United States Committee of the Blue Shield and the Archaeological Institute of America. Balestrieri is also a Transnational Research Fellow in VCU's Wilder School, with experience in consulting on and drafting jail-related legislation as well as providing expert testimony to the General Assembly on jail-related matters.

Selected publications

Balestrieri, B. A. B. (2021, Jan/Feb). Weekend Jail a Good Idea? Think Again. American Jails Magazine 36(6): 5-69.

Balestrieri, B. A. B. (2020). Part-time Jail Time: Jailors’ Perspectives on Nonconsecutive Day Sentencing in Virginia. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 31(3): 452-74. 

Balestrieri, B. A. B. (2019, December). Law Enforcement Activities in Virginia Sheriff’s Offices: Final Report to the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute.

Balestrieri, B.A.B. (2019). Correctional Healthcare Delivery in Virginia’s Sheriff-run & Regional Jails: Final Report to the General Assembly.

Balestrieri, B. A. B. (2018). SB36, Nonconsecutive Day Sentencing in Virginia: Final Report to the General Assembly.

Balestrieri, B. A. B. (2017). SB851, Nonconsecutive Day Sentencing in Virginia: Final Report to the General Assembly.

McDougle, R., Proulx, B.B. & Wade, M. (2013). Innovative student internships in a correctional setting: the Henrico County corrections academy. Corrections Compendium, 37(3): 8-12.

Brodie, N. & Proulx, B.B. (2013). Museum malpractice as corporate crime? The case of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Journal of Crime & Justice,DOI:10.1080/0735648X.2013.819785

Proulx, B.B. (2012). Looting at archaeological sites in “glocal” perspective: nature, scope, & frequency of the problem. American Journal of Archaeology 117(1): 111-25.

Gordon, J., Proulx, B. & Grant, P. (2012). Trepidation among the ‘keepers’: gendered perceptions of fear and risk of victimization among corrections officers.American Journal of Criminal Justice, 26 May 2012, pp 1-21, doi: 10.1007/s12103-012-9167-1.

Proulx, B.B. (2011). Drugs, arms, and arrowheads: theft from archaeological sites and the dangers of fieldwork. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 27(4): 500-22.

Durney, M. & Proulx, B.B. (2011). Art crime: a brief introduction. Crime, Law and Social Change 56(2): 115-32.

Proulx, B.B. (2011). Organized criminal involvement in the illicit antiquities trade.Trends in Organized Crime 14(4): 1-29.

Crank, J.P. & Proulx, B.B. (2010). Toward an interpretive criminal justice. Critical Criminology 18(3): 147-67.

Bowman, B.A. (2009). Classical Literature for the Criminal Justice Classroom. Journal of Criminal Justice Education 20(1): 95- 109.

Bowman, B.A. (2008). Transnational Crimes against Culture: Looting at Archaeological Sites and the “Grey” Market in Antiquities, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 24(3): 225-42.

Crank, J.P. & Bowman, B.A. (2008). What Is Good Criminal Justice Theory? Journal of Criminal Justice 36(6): 563-72.