Ah, July. That time of year thou mayst in me behold dripping sweat, vacation zen, and glacially chilled iced tea. It’s when we ponder the legality of lemonade stands, and wonder if we can send the cops after those kids whose grimy hands may have given us dysentery. It’s also when we fire up the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
You might have celebrated Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You – get it? get it?), Towel Day, or Geek Pride Day. Or maybe you just geeked out on CrimeDime. We hope you did, but in case you missed something, here’s what happened on CrimeDime in May. Victimization was the major theme of […]
The American Society of Criminology (ASC) was established in 1941. Why has it taken 71 years to establish a Division of Victimology? Probably because it has taken hundreds of years for society and particularly individuals involved in the criminal justice/criminology fields to recognize how important crime victims and services for them are when studying crime.
What is a criminologist, anyway? Put away your grin, wiseacre, if you were planing to say, “someone who practices or studies criminology.” As a member of the American Society of Criminology, the largest and most respected professional organization of criminologists in the world, I receive a subscription to ASC’s newsletter titled The Criminologist. Normally, there’s […]
CrimeDime loves a good meme as much as anyone else. We wondered what Zeddie Little might have to offer the criminal justice field…. Yes. This.
CrimeDime had a great month. Not only did we redesign the site, we also watched CrimeDime grow with many new visitors and followers. Thanks to our readers for helping to make this a great site with interesting discussion in the comments. In case you missed it, here’s what we covered in April. April includes National […]
There are two clear-as-day facts about today’s criminal justice system: our incarceration rate is way, way up and our crime rates are down in serious ways. The relationship between these two is more difficult to tease apart. Without a background in criminology or knowing a great deal about the criminal justice system, it’s tempting to […]