This site is intended to:
- Foster research and theory development in the field of critical criminology, which is widely recognized as one of the major paradigms in criminology.
- Provide a forum for members of the ASC to discuss ideas and to exchange information, both through events at the annual meetings and through a Divisional newsletter.
- Encourage appropriate and effective teaching techniques and practices and stimulate the development of curricula related to courses on critical criminology.
- Link scholars with interests in critical criminology
critcrim.org supports the efforts of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division on Critical Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Section on Critical Criminal Justice. Early efforts to establish a web presence were integrated into critcrim.org when Division leadership adopted this site, and each organization has actively used this site in the past, but no formal relationship presently exists. While critcrim.org is happy to support the web-based efforts of these and similar organizations, and new information is added on request, much of this site is archival.
I am leaving the University of Ontario Institute of Technology effective December 31, 2013. As of January, I will be the Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences in West Virginia University's Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology. My new email address will be, as of early January, email@example.com
I hope everyone has a great holiday season.
Sadly, I report the passing of Julia Schwendinger, who together with her husband, Herman, played a central role in helping found radical criminology in the early 1970s.
Julia was an amazing individual, and contributed not only to academic work, but to social justice issues as well.
Attached, I have posted a summary of Julia's contributions submitted to me by Herman.
Division on Critical Criminology: American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting:
- Division on Critical Criminology General Business Meeting Thurs. Nov 21 4:30 in A601.
- Division Social Thurs. Nov. 21 at 6:00 in A601.
Other sessions of interest:
It is that time again. We need to elect a new DCC Executive Board
and the following positions: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and
three Executive Officers (see descriptions below).
Once we have a field of nominees we will distribute an electronic ballot
and the Elections Committee will confirm the results. We plan on having
the call for nominations run until the end of October. Voting will run
from November 1st through the 14th.
Results will be announced at the ASC meetings. We look forward to hearing
Critical Criminology: An International Journal invites original submissions for a special issue, “Critical Issues in Rural Criminology,” guest edited by Joseph F. Donnermeyer, Walter DeKeseredy and Kerry Carrington. The issue will be published in November, 2014.
The goal of this special edition is to publish innovative scholarly pieces that explore interconnections between rural and critical criminology. This can include topics related to how crime and rurality are constructed and contested; arrests of and offending by the rural populace; corporate and state crime in the rural context; critiques of mainstream criminological theory and their application to rural crime issues; crimes associated with agriculture and food; environmental crime in the rural context; issues related to masculinities/femininities, lifestyles and “others” in rural societies; the rural dimensions of human trafficking; forms of economic and social change and their impacts on crime and fear of crime in rural communities; rural indigenous populations; rural policing and other criminal justice topics; substance use and related issues of production and trafficking in the rural context; victimisation of rural populations in general; violence against women; and other topics that can expand a critical discourse about rural crime. As well, articles about alternative and innovative forms of rural crime prevention – in the broadest sense of that phrase – based on a critical perspective, are encouraged.
For full information visit
Send nominations and supporting materials by October 8, 2013 to:
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology
University of North Caroline, Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
This post addresses the neglect of green crime, victimization and justice within criminology. Other disciplines have long addressed the forms of harm destruction of the environment produces. In general, criminology overlooks these issues. Of importance to that discussion is addressing the ecological destruction capitalism produces, and which it must produce, to fulfill its accumulative goals.
Environment Damage Remains Widespread While Criminology Sleeps
Michael J. Lynch
Department of Criminology
Associate Faculty, The Patel School of Global Sustainability
University of South Florida
The Journal of Crime and Justice has published a special issue on political economy and crime. Contributors and topics are as follows: Political Economy and Crime: An Overview (Michael J. Lynch); Looking Back: Reflecting on the Birth of Radical Criminology (Herman and Julia Schwendinger); Carbon in the Atmosphere and Power in America: Climate Change as State-Corporate Crime (Ronald C. Kramer); Ethnic Cleansing, American Style: SB 1070, Nativism and the Contradictions of Neo-Liberal Globalization (Raymond J. Michalowski); Bringing the Poor Back in: Regulation and Control of Surplus Populations in Finland and the Netherlands (Susan M. Carlson, Elizabeth A. Bradshaw and Carrie L. Buist); Does Enforcement Slow the Treadmill of Production? The Relationship between large Monetary Penalties, Ecological Disorganization and Toxic Releases (Paul B. Stretesky, Michael A. Long and Michael J. Lynch); Re-examining Political Economy and Crime, and Explaining the Crime Drop (Michael J.
The International Journal for Crime and Justice is an open access, blind peer-reviewed journal that seeks to publish critical research about common challenges confronting criminal justice systems around the world. We invite papers that address these broad issues from a plurality of perspectives and disciplines. Authors may also consider pieces that fit with or across one or more of the following themes:
• Penal Policy and Punishment in the Global Era
• Policing, Security and Democratic Freedoms
• Sex, Gender and Justice
• Eco-Justice, Corporate Crime and Corruption
• Crime and Social Justice
• Counter Colonial Criminologies
• Crime, Courts & Justice Institutions
For more information or to access the submission site, visit https://www.crimejusticejournal.com/index
The ASC Division on Critical Criminology (DCC) invites nominations for this year’s awards. This year, the DCC will sponsor six (6) awards:
- The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual's sustained and distinguished scholarship, teaching, and/or service in the field of critical criminology.
- The Critical Criminologist of the Year Award honors an early-to-mid-career individual’s distinguished accomplishments that have symbolized the spirit of the DCC in some form of scholarship, teaching, and/or service in recent years.
- The DCC Praxis Award recognizes an individual whose professional accomplishments have increased the quality of justice for groups that have experienced class, ethnic, gender, racial and sexual disparities in policing and punishment. The DCC Award for Contribution to Practice honors unique achievements in activism, commitment, persuasion, scholarship, service and teaching in areas that have made a significant impact on the quality of justice for underserved, underrepresented, and otherwise marginalized populations.
- The DCC Practice Award recognizes the activist/practitioner who has participated in publicly promoting and working towards the ideals of equality, justice and rights as they relate to the differential distribution of power in criminal justice and throughout society more generally. Nominees need not be criminologists or even academics, for that matter. Nominations should include specific documentation of public service and should describe in detail how this person’s activism has raised awareness and interest in the issues that concern the DCC.
- The Graduate Student Paper Award recognizes and honors outstanding theoretical or empirical critical criminological scholarship by a graduate student.
- The Undergraduate Student Paper Award recognizes and honors outstanding theoretical or empirical critical criminological scholarship by an undergraduate student.
Now available for Free Download: The American Indian in the White Man's Prisons: A Story of Genocide, Compiled and edited by Little Rock Reed.
This textbook has been provided by Hal Pepinsky, who scanned his copy and offered to critcrim.org to honor Rock's memory. We hope this important work might be widely read and used. Thank you Hal!
"This book is wonderful, POWERFUL! ....
Now available for free download:
Crime and Conflict, by Hal Pepinsky
This textbook has been provided by the author. Thank you Hal!
Our good friend and colleague Henry Brownstein has recently published the first book in the Routledge Series on New Directions in Critical Criminology. Titled Contemporary Drug Policy, this book will generate much critical thinking about drugs and social control. Please check it out. Also, Joseph Donnermeyer and I have a new book in the same series titled Rural Criminology. It should be out in the fall and more information on this project and other books in the series can be found at
Now available for free download:
Myths That Cause Crime, by Hal Pepinsky and Paul Jesilow.
This textbook, winner of the 1986 ACJS Outstanding Book Award, has been provided by the authors. Thank you Hal and Paul!
Due to extraordinary growth, the Department of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor rank position to begin in August 2013. Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. Founded in 1867 as the Howard School for the education of African Americans, today FSU serves a growing student body of approximately 6,000 and ranks among the nation's most diverse campus communities. Fayetteville is located in the scenic Cape Fear River Valley of North Carolina, between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Residents of Fayetteville enjoy mild temperatures, four distinct seasons, a low cost of living, and easy access to beautiful Carolina beaches.
Full program for the 2012 Annual Meetings of the American Society of Criminology can be found at http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asc/asc12/
Division Events on THURSDAY, November 15:
4:30 – 5:50 pm DCC General Business Meeting Adams Room, 6th Floor
6:00 – 10:00 pm DCC Social Adams Room, 6th Floor
Login is not necessary to search the program. See the attached PDF for lists of sessions and individual paper with "critical" in the title or description.
Professor - School of Justice
Job Reference: 12451
The School of Justice, Faculty of Law is seeking to recruit a Professor of international criminological standing who can play a key research leadership role in the school and in particular in the new International Journal for Crime and Justice and Centre for Crime and Justice.
Position Title: Professor
Closes: 1 December 2012
Organisational Area: School of Justice
Faculty of Law
Campus: Gardens Point
Salary/Classification: $AUD149 240 pa (Level E)
Plus Superannuation: 17% employer contribution
Contact: Kerry Carrington
Head, School of Justice
+61 7 3138 7112
HR Contact: Nonie Wall
Senior HR Advisor
+61 7 3138 4192
Open to: Australian and International applicants
When applying for this position we encourage you to upload your response to the selection criteria.