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6 Simple Reasons Criminologists Should Resist Trump

January 29, 2017 by


It is our moral obligation as professionals to advance the cause of justice.

Guest Post: Rolling Stone – A Case against Censorship

July 18, 2013 by


guest post by Warren J. Blumenfeld Editor’s Note: This piece is printed with permission. We provided the images and links.  The release of Rolling Stone’s August 2013 issue featuring bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover has set ablaze a virtual firestorm of protest. A long list of celebrities, including John Rich, Kelly and Jack Osbourn, […]

Oooh Baby Baby It’s a Mean World: Revisiting the War Between Media Effects & Meanings

July 25, 2012 by


In my last post, I focused on the interconnections between crime coverage in news media and the media literacy skills that audience members should possess. I did so by interrogating some of the findings presented in an infographic compiled by Infobia, which were made available on this blog by CrimeDime. In that post, I focused my attention on the […]

Crime, News, And Media Literacy

July 11, 2012 by


Back on April 12, CrimeDime shared an infographic from Infobia. In that post CrimeDime noted that, “The relationship between crime and the media has never been great — and by ‘never been great’ what we really mean is news reporting about crime wildly misrepresents actual crime.” In this post, I’d like to explore this claim in a bit more […]

Lessons Learned from Abuse of Bus Monitor Karen Klein

June 21, 2012 by


Karen Klein, an older bus monitor in Greece, New York, is shown in this ten minute video being verbally abused by a group of middle school students. The footage is disturbing and upsetting. In response, a fundraising effort on indiegogo to give Klein a vacation has brought in over $134,000 and the numbers keep going […]

Bath Salts, Zombie Crime, and Deadly Drug Policy

June 12, 2012 by


By now, anyone who watches television, reads a newspaper, or even just follows internet memes has heard about the recent attack on a homeless man in Miami. But, just in case you were sheltering in your living-dead apocalypse bunker, let me recap: a man high on “bath salts” attacked a homeless man. The attacker, naked, […]

Part III: Marissa Alexander Isn’t Really About Stand Your Ground

June 1, 2012 by


Marissa Alexander is just another case file that gets shoved in the heap of unintended consequences. She thought she was innocent, she thought it worth the fight. In the end, it wasn't. Like all gamblers, the players in the criminal justice system have to remember that the house always wins.