March started with How Others See Me, a whimsical look at the popular meme and what people think criminologists (might) do. This post has been far more popular than we would have imagined! We considered the appropriate use of language, first by discussing Lady Gaga’s efforts against bullying — without using the word bully, and later with a callout on an academic paper’s use of the term “lethal ladies” to refer to female serial killers.
James Q. Wilson died. Child victimization was mentioned in the effort to draw more attention to children’s exposure to violence, and a look at advertising sparked a discussion of kids and social messages about crime. And we wondered, what should we do about children who die because they were forgotten in cars? Weighty topics, like prescription drug abuse, racism from the bench, and gerrymandering were covered as well.
We had some fun with Google Ngrams, and who knew that Sherlock Holmes would be so much more popular than Hercule Poirot? Our Geek Banner was waving high with a nod to Bruce Schneier, and the TSA was on the receiving end of our snark with the image used in a critical look at TSA and the elderly.
In our more thoughtful moments, we looked at #Ididnotreport, bad neighborhoods, how victims and witnesses experience the criminal justice system and, perhaps most importantly, asked: Where does your hope come from?
Trayvon Martin’s death bothered us as much as it did you, and we talked about homicide and racial privilege, Geraldo’s victim-blaming remarks, and the problem of colorblindness in America.Punishment was on our minds when we considered the difficult cases of Tanya McDowell and Mitch Faber, and all the difficulties of privatizing prisons, keeping victims safe, even from prosecutors, and last, but not least, the novelty of Pat Robertson’s support for marijuana legalization.