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Joan Petersilia’s 5 Reason’s Prison Reduction Can Work

July 19, 2012


At the recent NIJ conference, Joan Petersilia served as the keynote speaker. Petersilia’s work is well known throughout the field, and her long experience as a criminologist makes her uniquely suited to comment on the issue of reducing incarceration. Petersilia, who was given free reign in her discussion topic, contextualized the current move to reduce […]

Names in Criminology: Robert Agnew

July 12, 2012


Whenever you don’t know what to do with your spare time, you know you find yourself searching for big name criminologists on YouTube. No? Just me? Well, okay then. I’ll help out. Here’s a quick vid of Robert Agnew talking about his background, career, and work on general strain theory. Feel free to post your […]

How Common is Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities?

July 5, 2012


A 2005 article that appeared in The Criminologist was titled, “It ain’t happening here: Working to understand prison rape.” Although I had spent some time working in correctional facilities at that point, I still labored under the popular myth that sexual assaults in prison were absolutely ubiquitous. Kreinert and Fleisher’s article taught me otherwise, and […]

When in the Course of Human Events Criminals Become Heroes

July 4, 2012


“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the […]

The Nature of Violent Crimes Against the Elderly

July 3, 2012


What with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the Karen Klein story, elder abuse is suddenly in the spotlight. Unfortunately, there is no national data source that gives a quantitative overview of elder abuse. The two biggest sources of crime data in this country – the FBI’s UCR data and the National Crime Victimization Survey […]

What Works for Juvenile Offenders? Hard to Tell

July 2, 2012


Despite the fact that ‘evidence-based’ and ‘proven best practice’ are buzzwords more popular than sprinkles on cupcakes these days, it’s still hard to figure out what really works when it comes to programs for juvenile offenders. In an article based on research sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Dan Mears […]

Full Faith and Credit: Orders of Protection Across State Lines

June 27, 2012


Many crime victims, especially those who have been abused, stalked, or sexually assaulted, seek restraining orders. These orders are sometimes difficult to obtain, but may be easier to get than, say, a criminal conviction. But what happens when the victim crosses state lines? Does the order still hold up? In most cases, yes. If that […]

White House 1 is 2 Many Campaign Misses the Mark

June 26, 2012


Start by watching the video. I want to love this video. I want to love it because it’s a campaign against domestic violence that targets men. And we can’t truly address the problem of domestic violence without men. Men are half of our population. Men are brothers, sisters, friends, lovers, husbands, and fathers of women […]

What Does Internet Safety Month Mean?

June 25, 2012


June is Internet Safety Month, but I have to confess, this is a public awareness campaign with a pretty scattered message.  The internet, which I once surfed and played on using ftp, gopher, y-talk, and pine, is now a behemoth. It has so many parts and is used in so many different ways, that trying […]


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