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The Marion Experiment: Long-Term Solitary Confinement and the Supermax Movement (Elmer H Johnson & Carol Holmes Johnson Series in Criminology): by Stephen C. Richards, Editor

Taking readers into the darkness of solitary confinement, this searing collection of convict experiences, academic research, and policy recommendations shines a light on the proliferation of supermax prisons and the detrimental effects of long-term high-security confinement on prisoners and their families.

Stephen C. Richards, an ex-convict who served time in nine federal prisons before earning his PhD in criminology, argues the supermax prison era began in 1983 at United States Penitentiary (USP) Marion in southern Illinois, where the first "control units" were built by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Marion Experiment, written from a Convict Criminology Perspective, offers an introduction to long-term solitary confinement and supermax prisons, followed by a series of first-person accounts by prisoners-some of whom are scholars-previously or currently incarcerated in high-security facilities, including some of the roughest prisons in the western world.

Scholars also address the widespread "Marionization" of solitary confinement, its impact on female, adolescent, and mentally ill prisoners and families, and international perspectives on imprisonment. As a bold step toward rethinking supermax prisons, Richards presents the most comprehensive view of the topic to date to raise awareness of the negative aspects of long-term solitary confinement and the need to reevaluate how prisoners are housed and treated.

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College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons - By Christopher Zoukis, Author; Foreword by Alex Friedmann, Author

The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world's population, yet incarcerates about 25 percent of the world's prisoners. Examining a wealth of studies by researchers and correctional professionals, and the experience of educators, this book shows recidivism rates drop in direct correlation with the amount of education prisoners receive, and the rate drops dramatically with each additional level of education attained. Presenting a workable solution to America's mass incarceration and recidivism problems, this book demonstrates that great fiscal benefits arise when modest sums are spent educating prisoners. Educating prisoners brings a reduction in crime and social disruption, reduced domestic spending and a rise in quality of life. Read More...

Heroin Overdose Treatments in American Prisons Are Dangerously Old-Fashioned - November 7, 2014 By Seth Ferranti, Author

We've been hearing a lot lately about heroin overdoses and drugs to combat them like Naloxone, which can reverse an opiate overdose instantly. Police and fire departments are equipping their officers and EMTs with the drug antidote to help save lives across America. Statistics show that the rate of accidental overdose deaths has been on a steady climb in the United States in the last ten years, and Naloxone has been a game-changer.

But as heroin use surges among the general public, the drug has become a mainstay in the American prison system, where Naloxone is still hard to come by.

According to the US Bureau of Prisons, "Substance use disorders are highly prevalent among inmate populations, affecting an estimated 30 to 60 percent of inmates." With plenty of time to kill and nothing better to do, prisoners get high. It's just a matter of getting the drug in and making a homemade syringe. Read More...

Seth Ferranti, author of Prison Stories, the Street Legends series, and The Supreme Team, has written for the Daily Beast, the Fix, and other outlets. Follow him on Gorilla Convict, Vice News, and twitter.

Hood II Hood: Helping Prisoners Transition to Freedom
by James Burnett

James Burnett seeks to help at-risk and imprisoned individuals to find their inner voices and the language to express their important experiences, to process their pain and struggles, to recognize and awaken their dreams, and to pursue their dreams freely in their newly awakened lives.

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Call for Proposals: Groves Conference for Marriage and Families, 2013 "AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" FAMILIES AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM June 2-6, 2013 Boston Marriott Newton
Contact Dr. Joyce Arditti

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, having surpassed Russia in 2000. At the end of 2008, federal and state corrections facilities held 1,610,446 prisoners and another 767,992 offenders were confined to local jails. Substantial portions of the nation's prisoners are parents-52% of state inmates and 63% of federal inmates. Bureau of Justice estimates for 2007 indicate that the nation's prisoners report having an estimated 1,706,600 minor children, accounting for 2.3% of the U.S. population under age 18.

We are soliciting paper and workshop proposals for presentation at the Annual Groves Conference for Marriage and Families, which address the interface of families and the criminal justice system. More Details...Download PDF

Parental Incarceration and the Family: Psychological and Social Effects of Imprisonment on Children, Parents, and Caregivers
by Joyce Arditti

Over 2% of U.S.children under the age of 18---more than 1,700,000 children---have a parent in prison. These children experience very real disadvantages when compared to their peers: they tend to experience lower levels of educational success, social exclusion, and even a higher likelihood of their own future incarceration. Meanwhile, their new caregivers have to adjust to their new responsibilities as their lives change overnight, and the incarcerated parents are cut off from their children's development.

Parental Incarceration and the Family brings a family perspective to our understanding of what it means to have so many of our nation's parents in prison. Drawing from the field's most recent research and the author's own fieldwork, Parental Incarceration and the Family offers an in-depth look at how incarceration affects entire families: offender parents, children, and care-givers. Through the use of exemplars, anecdotes, and reflections, Joyce Arditti puts a human face on the mass of humanity behind bars, as well as those family members who are affected by a parent's imprisonment. In focusing on offenders as parents, a radically different social policy agenda emerges---one that calls for real reform and that responds to the collective vulnerabilities of the incarcerated and their kin.

Joyce A. Arditti is Professor of Human Development at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include family disruption, parent-child relationships in vulnerable families, and public policy. Her scholarship is recognized nationally and abroad and she has published numerous empirical and review articles in therapy, human services, family studies, and criminal justice journals. Joyce recently served as the editor in chief of Family Relations: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies.

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Never Ending Circles: The Autobiography of a Former Criminal Turned Writer and Criminologist
by David Honeywell

David Honeywell is a reformed offender turned PhD student, guest lecturer and author with degrees in criminology and social research. In 2012, he published his autobiography, Never Ending Circles which was inspired by Britain's riots.

David led a completely directionless life starting with a dysfunctional youth which involved going in and out of court, prison and psychiatric hospitals for depression, drifting from town to town and from job to job. And also committing relatively petty, mostly impulsive, but occasionally violent crimes such as criminal damage and assaults. In 1983, he was first convicted at 20-years-old, to a 30 month youth custody sentence.

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Corrections and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms
by Daniel Murphy, Professor Appalachian State University

Those sentenced to prison bring with them individual characteristics acquired prior to incarceration. This study assesses the effect of pre-prison experiences on adjustment to the prison environment. Regression analysis indicates that pre-prison experiences are significantly related to the likelihood of participating in, or being exposed to, elements of the incarceration experience that may cause Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms (PTSS).

A second component of this study assesses the relationship between elements of the incarceration experience and PTSS. Regression analysis indicates that aspects of the incarceration experience constitute traumatic stressors that cause PTSS is some individuals. This study also assesses the relationship between pre-prison experiences and PTSS, independent of the incarceration experience, as well as assessing the relationship between a combination of the pre-prison and in-prison independent variables with development of PTSS. Data for this study are drawn from surveys administered to 208 men released from prison in a Midwestern state.

Corrections and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms has application for courses in criminal justice, criminal justice policy and programs, criminological theory, psychology, psychiatry, methods, and techniques of statistical analysis.

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Children of Prisoners, Interventions and Mitigations to Strengthen Mental Health

COPING is a child-centred project which aims to investigate the characteristics of children with imprisoned parents, their resilience, and their vulnerability to mental health problems. This group of children frequently is exposed to triple jeopardy through break-up of the family, financial hardship, and extremes of stigma and secrecy, which can lead to adverse social and educational repercussions.

Although the study will cover four countries (UK, Germany, Sweden, and Romania, and include partners in Switzerland and France), the findings are expected to have European-wide and international application since the extreme disadvantage experienced by these young people is little recognised in any country. More Details..

From the European Network for Children of Imprisoned Parents (EUROCHIPS)!

This Friday, we are launching our 3rd annual European Prisoners' Children Week to raise awareness about this vulnerable group of children and their specific set of circumstances. It is our intention to gain over 5000 signatures on our e-petition to be sent to Roberta Angelilli (as her role of Vice President to the European Parliament and head of the Alliance for Children).

We aim to ensure that the topic of children with imprisoned parents be included in the conversation surrounding children's rights at the international level so that we can do all we can (prison-reform initiatives, national watchdog agencies to monitor these children, etc..) such that their rights be upheld (particularly those stipulated by article 9 of the convention on the rights of the child) and respected at all levels of the European Judicial Process.

The slogan for our campaign this year is Not my Crime, Still my Sentence. We feel this captures the experiences of these children as they are vulnerable to stigma, bullying, social isolation, developmental as well as financial hardships, and separation anxiety. More Details..

Are reports of the demise of prison ethnography exaggerated? Find out at this international gathering of prison researchers. Speakers, panels and workshops will explore what prison ethnography has got to offer in an era of mass incarceration. More Details..

We would like to offer a special thanks to Mrs. Kathryn Miller's class at the Valley Charter School in Northern California for providing the following links her students came across while conducting research on criminology. While undertaking a criminology project, her students referenced the efforts of Convict Criminology and believed the resource links they found would benefit others. We agree!

BOOK REVIEW: Jeffrey Ian Ross and Stephen C. Richards Beyond Bars: Rejoining Society After Prison New York: Penguin Group, Inc., 2009. 224 pp. ISBN 978-1-59257-851-1
Lisa Marie Carter Criminal Justice Review, December 2010; vol. 35, 4: pp. 539-541.

Offenders leaving prison may see rejoining society as a source of incredible liberation, full of freedoms only dreamt about behind bars. However, their fantasies are rarely experienced once outside and in recognition of this, ex-cons face harsh realities as they rejoin society. Ross and Richards (2009) suggest that every ex-con would benefit from a "reality check" where reality and fantasy are aligned so that ex-cons, if properly sensitized to the barriers of reentry, might avoid recidivism. This book is that "reality check" - a no-nonsense "practical handbook" for those reentering society and learning to "make good."

Ross and Richards write as advocates in a book that speaks directly to ex-cons, warning them of the temptations and pitfalls of returning to the environments that contributed to their incarceration. This balanced book provides readers with two equally important lessons: the first half (Chapters 1-4, 6) is about preparing to exit the prison system and how to deal with correctional gatekeepers. The second half (Chapters 5, 7-11) is about how to gain human capital and establishing social capital. Read more...

THE TOUGHEST BEAT: Politics, Punishment, and the Prison Officers Union in California
by Joshua Page, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota

The Toughest Beat uses sociological theory and extensive fieldwork to demonstrate how the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA), the labor union representing prison officers and other correctional workers, has transformed from a loose, fraternal organization into one of the most politically potent and feared interest groups in the nation. As its leaders made strides for its members, the union also influenced the nature, purpose, and scope of imprisonment. To understand California's deep and durable penal crisis, we cannot neglect the story of this group so often known simply as "the powerful prison guards' union." Read more...

Global Perspectives on Re-Entry
Ekunwe Ikponwosa O. and Jones Richard S. (eds.)

Global Perspectives on Re-Entry explores the challenges facing ex-prisoners as they attempt to return to society after serving time in prison. The problem of re-entry is of growing interest to academics, correctional professionals and policy makers who are concerned with high rates of incarceration and the increase in the numbers of prisoners caught up in the revolving door of criminal justice.

This book is the first attempt to explore the problem of re-entry from an international perspective. The focus of this book is on strategies utilized in various parts of the Western world that shed light on the struggles facing ex-prisoners upon re-entry, as well as on the way different countries have attempted to solve these problems. The book seeks to address the important set of issues involved by bringing together the best of recent research and ideas on the subject of desistance from crime around the world, with a distinct focus on how research might impact upon the implementation of ex-offender reintegration policies.

The book is divided into two sections. The chapters in the first part, Societal/ Institutional Perspective, consider the societal and institutional issues in different countries. The chapters in the second part of the book, Perspective of the Ex-Offender, present various viewpoints of experts with first-hand accounts of the re-entry experiences of ex-convicts.

Ekunwe, 0. Ikponwosa is at the School of Management/Politics, University of Tampere, Finland. He is an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Jones, S. Richard is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, Marquette University, Wisconsin, USA. He is the author of the book Doing Time: Prison Experience and Identity (with Thomas Schmid).

From Behind the Wall
Mansfield B. Frazier
Commentary on Crime, Punishment, Race and the Underclass by a Prison Inmate

America is vitally concerned about crime. Since the early 1980's we have been assailed by images of devastated neighborhoods and destitute families, of urban gangs running amok and besieged police officers either pummeling or being pummeled by an ever-bolder criminal element. In reaction to our understandable concern, our politicians most often have dealt with the problem of crime in America by "getting tough" -- by stiffening sentences, expanding police forces, and building more prisons. Yet a doubling of our prison population in the last decade has not brought with is a corresponding decline in the glut of violence we see on our streets and in the headlines. At this point common sense tells us what our civic and national pride refuses to believe: that criminals are not simply social misfits who resist the civilizing effects of American culture; rather, American culture itself produces the conditions in which crime and violence flourish.

Resisting the Carceral State: Prisoner Resistance from the Bottom Up
Jeffrey Ian Ross
Social Justice; 2009/2010; 36, 3; Criminal Justice Periodicals pg. 28

To Protect its citizens and maintain the status quo, the state has created numerous coercive agencies (Ross, 2005). Some of the most dominant are law enforcement, intelligence/national security, and the military. Although these organizations have been analyzed in the specific context of state crime (e.g., Gill, 1995; Menzies, 1995), few scholars have explicitly reviewed correctional institutions (especially correctional workers, their policies and processes) as perpatrators and facilitators of state crime that can include corruption, civil and human rights violations, and torture (Ross, 2000a, 2000b; Rothe, 2009). In general, the correctional sanction is established to punish, rehabilitate, and serve as a specific deterrent for lawbreakers. It is also supposed to protect the community and deter others who might engage in similar criminal activity. Aside from punishment, jail and prison sentences rarely achieve the objectives of the correctional sanction. Read More...

Call for Papers

2nd Global Conference
Thursday 19th May - Saturday 21st May 2011
Warsaw, Poland

Experiencing Prison: This multifaceted project seeks to promote and encourage the inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary study of all aspects of prison, prison writings and the literature of incarceration and confinement. Read More...

Transnational Criminology Manual
Transnational Criminology Manual

Product Description: In a three volume collection Wolf Legal Publishers presents The Transnational Criminology Manual. We are happy with contributions from more than 100 eminent specialists from the field including scholars from, among others, France (Reims University, Department of Justice) Canada (Montreal University), The Netherlands (Tilburg University, Leiden University, Erasmus Medical Centre), USA (New York University, Duke University), Belgium (Free University Brussels) and the UK (University of Exeter, Strathclyde University, Cardiff University), this Encyclopedia provides an elaborate insight in criminology and its specifics. The Transnational criminology manual provides comprehensive coverage of the leading topics in criminology. Whereas the first volume provides the readers with an introduction to criminology, the second and third volume include timely topics such as internet crimes, money laundering, victimization and therapy. This collection is bilingual; English / French, whereas most contributions are presented entirely in English (with French abstracts). The books are of interest for students in criminology, psychology, sociology and law, social workers, judges, attorneys, probation officers, policemen, and many others.

Dr. Stephen C. Richards, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, to speak at 2010 San Francisco Justice Summit.

The 2010 San Francisco Justice Summit will take place May 19, 2010 in San Francisco, California at the Koret Auditorium in San Francisco's Civic Center from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The summit will bring together more than 600 judges, prosecutors, public defenders and defense attorneys, educators, Bar Association officials, community leaders and members of the media. Presentations will address the current crises in indigent defense and highlight new solutions for providing effective and quality representation to the poor.

Dr. Richards will join a distinguished panel on "Paving the Road to Re-entry-Clean Slate and Statewide Criminal Record Reform." This panel will feature leaders in the efforts to reform California's expungement laws, which make it very difficult for those convicted of crimes to clear their records. (More to follow...)

American Society of Criminology (ASC)

The 2010 meeting will take place November 17-20, 2010 in San Francisco, California at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel. The theme for the meeting is Crime and Social Institutions.
  • Program and Events
  • Registration
    • Registration forms will be available in April 2010.
    • Registration fees will be as follows:
        Before October 1

      On or after October 1
      (or Onsite)

      ASC Member: $120 $150
      ASC Student Member: $40 $50


      $160 $190
      Non-Member Student: $90 $100
  • Local Arrangements

  • December 7, 2009

    Beyond Bars: Rejoining Society After Prison"Beyond Bars: Rejoining Society After Prison" by Stephen C. Richards, Ph.D.

    While promoting his newest book Beyond Bars: Rejoining Society After Prison, Dr. Stephen C. Richards, a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, said all convicts deserve a second chance. Richard's book explores the lives of Joe and Jill Convict as they leave prison and try to reintegrate into the community as ex-convicts. On December 23, 2009, Richards invited WisconsinEye to hear his speech at Redgranite Correctional Institute where he explained a felon should never let his past behaviors hinder his future.

    November 3, 2009

    So You Think You Know Me?So You Think You Know Me?

    The autobiography of an ex-offender and twice-times inmate of Barlinnie Prison, now a social work team-leader in his native Scotland.

    As a local hard case, author Allan Weaver took no prisoners. Neither does he in this compelling work in which he tells of a life of violent episodes and chaotic early life. Teachers, social workers and 'authority figures' never tried 'to get to know him' to unearth the clues and triggers and discover what his offending was all about. A natural rebel and a radical, it is hardly surprising that by ignoring the real Allan Weaver this led to an escalation of his violent activities, tensions between family and friends and dubious associates.

    So You Think You Know Me? is packed with contradictions: the Allan Weaver involved in mayhem and aggression is not the one telling the story from inside his own head: an often vulnerable, sensitive, articulate, unquestionably loyal and even-handed individual; mistaken, misguided and foolish perhaps but largely trapped by an increasing need to live up to his 'tough guy' reputation. Read More...

    August 5, 2009

    Prison Legal News WebsitePrison Legal News Website

    Prison Legal News is an independent monthly magazine that provides a cutting edge review and analysis of prisoner rights, court rulings and news about prison issues. PLN has a national (U.S.) focus on both state and federal prison issues, with international coverage as well. PLN provides information that enables prisoners and other concerned individuals and organizations to seek the protection and enforcement of prisoner's rights at the grass roots level.

    Prison Legal News' coverage includes court access, disciplinary hearings, prison conditions, excessive force, mail censorship, jail litigation, visiting, telephones, religious freedom, free speech, prison rape, abuse of women prisoners, retaliation, the Prison Legal Reform Act (PLRA), medical treatment, AIDS, the death penalty, control units, attorney fees and much more. Sample copies of the most recent publications of PLN are posted on their homepage in PDF format.  Read more...

    August 4, 2009

    ParoleCoach.com is a mentoring and guidance network hub, designed to serve the needs of parolees re-entering into society. The network has over thirty (30) years of experience in serving the needs of the prison population, during and after incarceration. We are providing a small excerpt from the website, and encourage everyone to review the resources it provides:

    ParoleCoach.com is a unique and innovative resource center designed to serve and guide parolees in their re-entry process. ParoleCoach.com provides a wide range of educational materials and resources, including a comprehensive dynamic resource directory, live interactive ParoleCoach Webinars, a cross-indexed resource library of Instructional Videos and Guides, and links to pre-screened outside resources.

    ParoleCoach.com's resource center offers a rich, easily accessible, cost effective means of assisting the parolee in his integration back into the community, and his successful completion of parole. ParoleCoach.com's Website is available 24/7 to parolee participants in the program.

    ParoleCoach.com's also offers a platform for service providers to deliver parolee support services, in an informational and technological oasis setting. ParoleCoach.com's Features listed on "About the Site" are a simple snapshot of ParoleCoach.com's offerings. Read More!

    July 29, 2009

    Listed below are voices which speak for a different result, a different outcome for prisoners, ex-prisoners, and our criminal justice system--voices that endeavor to change the cultural imperatives of our society and political landscape and the commentary and narrative of the criminal justice debate. We encourage all who are seeking a way toward changing policy and practice to visit these websites and contribute to developing a shared voice to realize these efforts.
    July 27, 2009

    Politics in the Human InterestPolitics in the Human Interest
    by William Du Bois and R. Dean Wright
    • This book presents the striking proposition that by paying attention to what's been learned about human behavior, we can develop a political agenda that is in the human interest. Such values provide the basis for an action-oriented sociology. Politics in the Human Interest explores the theoretical foundation of a humanistic sociology. It is a call for the return to the original progressive agenda -- that knowledge about human behavior can be used to create social progress and a better world.
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    Applying SociologyApplying Sociology: Making A Better World
    by William Du Bois and R. Dean Wright
    • A contributed volume of readings on using sociology to create practical social and organizational change. Applying Sociology: Making a Better World is a book about putting sociological ideas into action. The editors, sociologists and educators, who are active in both government and private sectors, have assembled a collection of readings by contributors who bring a wealth of practical experience and innovative ideas to the field. For anyone interested in Sociology.
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    July 13, 2009

    A Nation Public Radio (NPR) Discussion Featuring Jeffrey Ian Ross and Stephen C. Richards
    • More than 600,000 people are released from U.S. prisons every year. But imagine re-entering society in today's economy as a convicted felon. Jeffery Ian Ross and Stephen C. Richards, the authors of the book Beyond Bars, offer insights on a successful reentry into society, the local community and the job market.
    •  'Beyond Bars' Amid Bad Times:

    June 25, 2009

    Lethal Rejection By Robert Johnson and Sonia Tabriz

    • Lethal Rejection features an array of fiction on crime and punishment written by prisoners, academics and students of criminology. The authors use short stories, plays, and poetry to provide authentic and vivid depictions of the netherworld that is our penal system. In the words of noted criminologist and lawyer, Joycelyn Pollock, "this book is fiction; but it is also a book about prison that can offer a type of truth that numbers can't. Enjoy your reading - if you can."

      "Robert Johnson, Sonia Tabriz and their fellow authors paint a compelling picture of lives shaped by crime and dubious punishment. By connecting us emotionally to people and places too-often hidden from public empathy, these writings force these experiences to the forefront of our consciousness. In describing real lives and real people sometime obscured by the policy debates on criminal justice, these fictionalized realities counter a narrow conception of prisoners and their worlds. I highly recommend this book to all students of the prison." -Barbara Owen, California State University Fresno

      "Too much of the writing about prisons is at arms-length from the experience and reality of confinement. Not this book. The stories provided in Lethal Rejection are alive with the drama, the emotion, and the deep meaning of living behind bars. The writers give us powerful and vibrant testimony about the imprisonment experience-something that cannot easily be imagined in the abstract but which can, with the help of the writings here, be felt in the reading. The book makes us encounter the lives of the confined in a way I have not experienced in any other book about prison life." -Todd Clear, Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

    June 15, 2009

    Beyond Bars: Rejoining Society After Prison By Jeffrey Ian Ross and Stephen C. Richards

    • The United States has the largest criminal justice system in the world, with currently over 7 million adults and juveniles in jail, prison, or community custody. Because they spend enough time in prison to disrupt their connections to their families and their communities, they are not prepared for the difficult and often life-threatening process of reentry. As a result, the percentage of these people who return to a life of crime and additional prison time escalates each year. Beyond Bars is the most current, practical, and comprehensive guide for ex-convicts and their families about managing a successful reentry into the community and includes:
    • Tips on how to prepare for release while still in Prison
    • Ways to deal with family members, especially spouses and children
    • Finding a job
    • Money issues such as budgets, bank accounts, taxes, and debt
    • Avoiding drugs and other illicit activities
    • Free resources to rely on for support

    June 2, 2009

    Cutting the Edge: Current Perspectives in Radical/Critical Criminology and Criminal Justice By Jeffrey Ian Ross

    • Understanding crime, criminals, and criminal justice from a radical/critical perspective is indispensable in today's academic, applied research, and policy sectors. Neglect of this approach leads to narrow-mindedness and the probability of repeating past mistakes or reinventing the wheel. Cutting the Edge by Jeffrey Ian Ross will encourage individuals and organizations, especially students and instructors, to innovatively identify ways of experimenting with new policy initiatives designed to improve not only criminal justice, but social and human justice as well.

      Ross has significantly changed this volume to include six new chapters and three revised ones as well. The studies chosen demonstrate the difference between critical criminology and other approaches used to study and explain criminological phenomena. The authors do not approach the inequalities of the criminal justice system as phenomena that should be studied, but as wrongs that must be righted.

      Cutting-edge critical criminology combines concerns about fairness in punishment, tools of class analysis and the insights of feminism, postmodernism, and ethnography. The authors included here wield these newer tools with elegance and enthusiasm. Written with passion by experts in the field, the book engages the mind as fully as it engages the emotions.

    Conference: November 4, 2009
    • American Society of Criminology 2009 Annual Meeting

    • The 2009 meeting will take place November 4-7, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel. The theme for this year's meeting is Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy.

    Conference: March 10, 2009

    February 15, 2009

    • BleakHouse Publishing is a small, independent press devoted to creative writing in service of social justice. Their goal is to publish works that shed a humane light on the nether world of penal institutions, as well as other repressive settings, practices, and beliefs. Their publications include books, chapbooks, and two literary magazines. Many of the authors published by BleakHouse are prisoners. They hope their work will get a wide audience in criminology, criminal justice, and literature. Visit their website and consider using some of their publications in your research or in your classes. BleakHouse Book Flyer

    January 14, 2009

    Dr. Matthew (Matt) Robinson, Professor, Appalachian State University, has created and offered a variety of music videos on the "Drug Wars" and "Capital Punishment" that are required viewing. Here are a couple to ponder: Check out his music video website on YouTube, and his Research site at Appalachian State.

    Dr. Robinson is also the author of nine books, including:
    • Greed is Good: Maximization and Elite Deviance in America (with Dan Murphy, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)
    ...and has contributed to many journals over the years. Here are ten (10) we have referenced for your convenience:

  • Robinson, M.(1999). What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Perceptions and Misconceptions of Harmful Behaviors Among Criminology and Criminal Justice Students. Sonoma, CA.: Western Criminology Review 2(1).
  • Robinson, M.(2000). The Construction and Reinforcement of Myths of Race and Crime.: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 16, 2: 133-156.
  • Robinson, M.(2001). Wither criminal justice: An argument for a reformed discipline.: Critical Criminology: An International Journal 10(2): 97-106.
  • Robinson, M.(2003). The mouse who would rule the world! How American criminal justice reflects the themes of Disneyization.: Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture 10(1): 69-86.
  • Robinson, M.(2003). An Obligation to Make a Difference in the Real World? Thoughts on The Proper Role of Criminologists in the 21st Century.: Western Criminology Review 4 (3): 226-238.
  • Robinson, M.(2003). Justice as Freed, Fairness, Compassion, and Utilitarianism: How My Life Experiences Shaped My Views of Justice.: Contemporary Justice Review 6 (4): 329-340.
  • Robinson, M., & Williams, E. J.(2004). Ideology and Criminal Justice: Suggestions for a Pedagogical Model.: Journal of Criminal Justice Education 15 (2): 373-392.
  • Robinson, M., & Simon, K.(2006). Logical and Consistent? An Analysis of Supreme Court Opinions Regarding the Death Penalty.: Justice Policy Journal 3 (1): 1-59.
  • Robinson, M.(2007). Freedom in an Era of Terror: A Critical Analysis of the USA PATRIOT Act.: Justice Policy Journal 4 (1): 1-48.
  • Robinson, M.(2009). The Real Death Penalty: Capital Punishment According to the Experts.: Criminal Law Bulletin 45 (2).

    November 20, 2008

    Two more additions to the "Book" section:

  • Criminal to Critic: Reflections amid the American Experiment (Critical Perspectives on Crime and Inequality) by James E. Palombo.

  • Juvenile Justice in America: Problems and Prospects by Randall G. Shelden and Daniel Macallair. (Randall G. Shelden maintains an informative and up-to-date website with commentaries, research articles, and collected essays. Visit his website for more on delinquency and juvenile justice, war on drugs, punishment, and solutions.)

  • November 15, 2008

  • One more addition to the "Book" section; The Prisoner's World: Portraits of Convicts Caught in the Incarceration Binge (Lexington Books, Series: Issues in Crime and Justice) by William Tregea and Marjorie S. Larmour.

    Drawing on twenty-five years of teaching prison college and volunteer classes in eleven Michigan and California prisons, The Prisoners' World: Portraits of Convicts Caught in the Incarceration Binge strives to make the "prisoners' voice" come alive for regular college students.

    The book starts off by tracing shifts in social definitions of criminality, and lays out the premises of the U.S. incarceration binge in the 1986 war on drugs laws and subsequent mandatory sentencing and policing. Later chapters discuss issues such as leaving home, cell life, correctional officers and treatment, the homosexual prisoner, and drugs. Furthermore, the book discusses the teachers' experiences via author narrative essays that draws the reader into prisoner student and prisoner teacher interaction, and what it is like inside prison college classes where both young and older black prisoner students describe growing up in the inner cities.

    The book also draws upon over sixty prisoner essays that provide insight on prisoner life and and self-concept with insights on pathways to prison, drug selling, the inner city and guns. There is also a strong focus on the "inside" experiences of entering prison and orientation, daily work routine, correctional officers and surreptitious activities like cell cooking and contraband. These essays are capped by prisoner critiques of prison life from those still in the system.

    The Prisoners' World serves as a successful supplemental book whose material has proven useful in undergraduate criminal justice classes. As college students themselves, on-campus students in these classes will identify with the prisoner-student voices who share their experiences but in a radically different environment.--Lexington Books

August 28, 2008

  • There is another addition to the "Book" section; Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives by Shadd Maruna.

    And five more articles have been added as well:

    • Maruna, S., & LeBel, T. (2003). Welcome?: Examining the Reentry Court Concept from a Strengths-based Perspective. Western Criminology Review, 4(2) 91-107.
    • Maruna, S., LeBel, T., & Lanier, C.(2004). "Generativity Behind Bars: Some 'Redemptive Truth' about Prison Society.". In de St. Aubin, E., McAdams, D. & Kim, T. (Eds). The Generative Society. (pp. 131-152). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
    • Maruna, S., LeBel, T., & Mitchel, N. and Naples, M. (2004). Pygmalion in the Reintegration Process: Desistance from Crime Through the Looking Glass. Psychology, Crime and Law, 10 (3), 271-281. (pp. 131-152).
    • Maruna, S. & Roy, K.(2007). "Amputation or Reconstruction Notes on 'Knifing Off' and Desistance from Crime.". Journal of Contemporary Justice, 23, 104-124. (pp. 131-152).
    • Padfield, N. & Maruna, S. (2006). The Revolving Door: Exploring the Rise in Recalls to Prison.. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 6, 329-352.

    August 22, 2008

    • There is another addition to the "Book" section; The Problem of Prisons: Corrections Reform in New Zealand by Greg Newbold.

      We will continue to update the library as we become aware of existing and new works; so keep us informed, we may not catch all of the articles, books, and research being published and your efforts will greatly assist in developing the library.

  • August 20, 2008

    • We have added two (2) new "page elements" to the website, Polls and Voices as a means to share your views.

      By adding these elements we seek to take the pulse of those visiting our website and hear the voices of those wanting to provide commentary on our criminal justice system. We encourage you to visit these sections and participate in these efforts.

    August 17, 2008

    August 15, 2008

  • Four more books have been added to the Book section:
    • After Crime and Punishment authored by Shadd Maruna and Russ Immarigeon

    • A Life for a Life authored by James Pulach

    • American Corrections authored by Todd Clear, George F. Cole, and Michael D. Reisig

    • When Prisoners Come Home: Parole and Prisoner Reentry authored by Joan Peterselia

    August 12, 2008

  • We have added a Media section to the website for media outlets to review and seek further information about Convict Criminology and our view of the criminal justice system and our policy recommendations.

  • We have also added a Feedback and Comment section for your voice to be heard. Your voice is important to us on all the issues concerning the information we present on this website, and the current condition of our criminal justice system. We seek that you will use it to inform us as we move forward with providing a "new school" of criminology and social justice advocacy.

  • August 6, 2008

  • Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) presents a five (5) part series broadcast on prisoner reentry titled Getting Out and Staying Out which discusses the structural impediments ex-prisoners face seeking to return to society. The program features the voices of prisoners, ex-prisoners, community advocates and correctional administrators. Inclusive is a section on the "voices involved in the recidivism issue" that provides front-line experience to the barriers those transitioning from prison to the community face. An excellent series in broadcast journalism.

  • August 1, 2008

  • Obviously, a new website design has been developed which now allows for additional information and events to be posted.
  • We now have a "blogging" feature that you can comment on; it's in the infancy stage, but we are sure it will continue to develop.
  • We have embedded a Real Player for better functionality in viewing media presentations like the clip from Wisconsin Public Television on prisoners and college.
  • We have also added a "What's Coming" section to keep you up to date on articles, books, and where the Convict Criminology collective is headed. As articles and books are published, we will be adding them to our Books and Relevant Articles and Chapters sections.
  • We are listing journals and research sites that we have come to know that publishes very informative articles and studies. We will be adding more.
  • Here are a few that we have added:

    What's Coming

    Soon to be published:


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