critcrim.org has evolved over the years and continues to do so. While critcrim.org is very supportive of the efforts of the ASC Division on Critical Criminology (DCC) and the ACJS Section on Critical Criminal Justice, and has been claimed at times as an "official" site by both organizations, commitment to the site has varied over the years. The link has now diminished to the point that it is time for a new direction. The communication capacity of these organizations has evolved, and it is important for these organizations to take responsibility for their web presence, so perhaps our work is done. We are pleased that critcrim.org served a useful function for these organizations.
We also respect the past by building separation from the DCC site. While new content will be added to critcrim.org, much of the information on this site is archival. This content is saved out of deep respect for generous contributors, and also to avoid breaking links in textbooks, online classes, and many websites.Separating archival from current Division information also facilitates the Division's move to a streamlined site that better suits their needs. The DCC has also built a Facebook page, again allowing a web presence separate from the Critical Criminology Facebook page - in which Division information could be lost among the efforts to illustrate key themes in the news.
We wish the DCC all the best in their exciting new endeavor and will post links to their new site as soon as the Division is ready!
critcrim.org, along with the Critical Criminology Facebook page, will continue sharing critical perspectives on crime and justice. These perspectives include original essays and books shared by critical criminologists. Current perspectives are also offered by criminologists who occasionally share opinion pieces, information about ongoing research, and other information of interest to the critical criminology community. News articles are also shared, encouraging readers to construct accurate views of crime and justice while increasingly recognizing media and policy bias. This is the primary focus of the Critical Criminology Facebook page. The bias is obvious to those able and willing to connect the dots.
Open access criminology research is another key component of critcrim.org. Consider the following: A professor at a state university is required to publish in order to keep his or her job. This research, completed after many hours of state-funded work, is then given to a corporate publisher, free of cost. The publisher - part of a very profitable corporation - then resells these papers to the university and others at costs many libraries can no longer afford. At the core, this scheme results in generous public subsidies given to profitable corporations. Professors lose their jobs by not participating in this scheme. Research topics are limited by this scheme. While we understand why critical scholars participate, one might question whether continued support for such a deeply flawed model is consistent with critical beliefs.
Fortunately, things are changing. Open access journals are surviving, although not thriving. This site will attempt to provide increased exposure. Publishers are also lessening their grip on intellectual property, allowing publication of drafts and other materials destined to be locked from public view. Researchers sharing their work on academic.edu and other open access sites can expect further exposure here. Thank you for generously sharing your work with the public! The new critcrim.org will also share perspectives challenging the corporate-controlled model adopted/accepted/imposed by the academic community.
Finally, critical criminology is a big tent. In addition to the Division on Critical Criminology, ASC Divisions include the Division on People of Color & Crime, Division of Victimology, and Division on Women & Crime. ACJS Sections include Critical Criminal Justice, Minorities and Women, Restorative and Community Justice, and Victimology. While currently unaffiliated with ASC or ACJS, we also have Green Criminology, Convict Criminology, Cultural Criminology, Uprooting Criminology, and a variety of other groups. While rooted in many of the same intellectual and theoretical foundations, including an opposition to dominant ideologies within criminology, these organizations maintain relatively strict boundaries.
See this article for more about organizational silos. While independent organizational structure is required to maintain these groups, cooperation between like minded organizations, with overlapping missions, is limited by rigid adherence to organizational structure, which happened to be created by those representing the aforementioned dominant ideologies. The critcrim.org site has the potential to link these groups, including news from each organization, blog articles representing various perspectives (the Green Criminology Working Group is already doing this), and other activities that highlight and build shared views.