It is our moral obligation as professionals to advance the cause of justice.
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 […]
Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, has been a phenomenal success in a way that few academic works ever achieve. It has had a steady presence on the arbiter of successful books – the New York Times bestseller list. Why is it so popular? Because it tells 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 […]
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 […]
While the recently released report “Satisfaction and willingness to engage with the criminal justice system” from the United Kingdom Ministry of Justice offers several interesting tidbits, the most striking finding is, perhaps, that victims and witnesses report relatively positive experiences with the UK criminal justice system. For example, regarding satisfaction with case outcomes, contact, receiving […]