Crime, Law and Related Links
Special Issues (continued):
- Juvenile Justice
- Death Penalty
- Domestic Violence/Violence Against Women
- Drugs and Drug Policy
- Corporate Criminality
Juvenile Justice, Delinquency and Youth
American Bar Assocation's Juvenile Justice
- BJS, U.S. Department of Education, Indicators
of School Crime and Safety, 2006. Many, many other reports on juvenile
justice are available through the juvenile
justice section of the National Criminal Justice
Now. The state of
children in California
- Children's Defense Fund Publications
- The Children
in Prison Project, which advocates for improved prison conditions like
better nutrition and education for juvenile inmates (13-15 years old) in
adult prisons, received the prestigious Award for Excellence in a Public
Interest Project from the Clinical
Legal Education Association. You can read
this article about them in the New York Times (this article may take
a bit to load).
Quest International: "dedicated to the protection and recovery of missing,
abused and exploited children and at-risk adults."
- The Educational
Equity Center and The Boys
Project look at gender differences in success as measured in various ways
(e.g., crime) and seek to correct differences between boys and girls by either
directing attention to the needs of boys or by creating gender neutral strategies
of education, inclusion, remediation, etc. This is a tricky area because you
have to, on the one hand, suggest treating boys and girls differently in a
democratic society while at the same time, on the other, implicitly or explicitly
saying that there are "essential" differences between boys and girls that can't
be changed. Politically it also feels like they're saying that boys should
get more attention because girls have and it seems to have worked for the latter.
On and Losing Out: Dealing Addiction to America's Kids. The readily available
game of digital poker has lots of consequences.
- Principles of Restorative Justice as applied to Juvenile Justice: The
see the link under the "System
Critique and Reform"
section on the next page. Open your mind to alternative principles
for transforming the juvenile justice system that do not merely
center on punishment and more punishment.
- Juvenile justice in California is in a state of chaos at the state level and in its usual
differentiated condition at the county level. The California Youth Authority
now is the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) within the California Department
of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), and DJJ has been placed under
the supervision of a federal court monitor. The Farrell v. Hickman litigation,
consent decree and related materials are available on the CDCR
web site at this link. Other materials related to this issue, such as
the Special Master report, are at
the Prison Law Office.
- CJCJ's list of juvenile
Violent Entertainment to Children.
The latest study on how companies market videos, etc. with violent
content to kids under eighteen.
Report on Juvenile Offenders and Victims
1999, Office of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Planning, is touted as the "most
comprehensive source of information about juvenile crime,
violence, and victimization..." See a great number of studies at their "Juvenile
Justice General" research topic area.
Rest of Their Lives: Life without Parole for Child Offenders in the United
- Human Rights Watch's length
list of publications on Children's Rights from around the world.
Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative 2000,
by the Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and
Firearms, in PDF.
Families and Child Well-Being, at the
Columbia School of Public Health
Justice from NCJRS
- NAACP Juvenile Justice Resource Guide
- Waiver of Juveniles to Adult Court
- A compilation of waiver links.
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse
in Los Angeles County
Youth Ranch. This ranch
indicates that it uses balanced and restorative justice
- The International
Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media
Programme on the Elimination of Child
Justice Policy in the 21st Century Laurence Steinberg, Prof. of Psychology,
Temple University and Donald W. DeVore, Director, Juvenile Services, Connecticut
Department of Children and Families An experimental web site from Princeton.
A podcast, streaming video, or whatever you'd like.
Center for Missing and Exploited
- The National Youth Teen Court Page
Youth Gang Center. We seem to have come a long way. Now we have frequently
asked quetions page on gangs from NYGC.
Justice: An Annotated
Bibliography. Over 500
entries on the Prison
- U.S. Justice Fund, Public
Opinion on Youth, Crime, and Race: A Guide for Advocates. Building Blocks
- U.S. Department of Health and Human
- UNICEF Annual Reports:
- Youth Online Safety Grouping, Interdisciplinary
Youths Sexting. One group's recommendation for youth and administrators
about how to manage the issue of "sexting" or minors sending nude pictures
to one another.
- Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General
A few links to one of the most popular student paper topics (waiver). Remember to use appropriate citation for sources!
- Death Sentences and Executions in 2007 .
Source: Amnesty International
- Sentencing for Life: Americans Embrace Alternatives to the Death Penalty. From the Death Penalty Information Center. For Updated opinion polls take this link. Give Americans a viable alternative to death and they will choose it over execution.
- Urban institute, "The Cost of the Death Penalty in Maryland." Numerous studies have attempted to specify the costs of adjudicating capital cases and, as the General Accounting Office noted many years ago, research usually underestimates it. This study is probably no different but it does provide current data on Maryland's death penalty costs from 1978-99. The lifetime cost of sentencing someone to death averaged three million dollars, $1.7 millon of which is for adjudication costs and $1.3 millon for prison costs. This is nearly three times the cost of not selecting a capital eligible case for the death penalty.
- Death Penalty Focus, Californians for a Moratorium on Executions, located in San Francisco, with ten chapters in California. The latest study on the arbitrariness of California's death penalty is at this link.
- California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice. A Commission recently created by the California State Senate. Its charge:
- To examine the causes of wrongful convictions, and
- to make recommendations and proposals to further insure that the administration of criminal justice in California is just, fair, and accurate.
Governor Ryan's Commission on Capital
Punishment. A former
republican governor facing flawed and irrevocable decisions.
the Needles. An updated link to this venerable page, Rob Gallagher's contribution based on the ESPY Files. The death
penalty before lethal injection.
Broken System: Error Rates in Capital Cases,
1973-1995, in pdf
format. Of every capital conviction and appeal from 1973-1995
(about 5,500 decisions), 68 percent were thrown out
Punishment 2009, from
the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
of the Federal Death Penalty System,
2000. The latest study
of the federal system that finds widespread disparities in death
sentences by race and geography.
- Staging an Execution: The Media at McVeigh.
What was asked, and what wasn't, at Timothy McVeigh's execution. Shot in Indiana, funded by the Center for Comparative Law and Society Studies at UW.
Also, here is an audio file (mp3) of a talk on the subject of televising McVeigh's execution.
penalty executions: a
continuous count, including the name of dead inmates, race, and
type of execution.
- The Trial of Sacco & Vanzetti. Historical materials can sometimes help us see the ways in which social context affects how political decisions are reached.
on the execution of wrongfully convicted and innocent people in
the US, around the world, and a wide range of other issues.
Penalty readings, The Bruderhof
which is very good.
of Justice Statistics Corrections information on capital
Death Penalty Information Center.
A resource center for the public and media on the death
Man Talkin' by Dean. A
death row inmate at San Quentin writes about life on the row.
- Manet and the Execution of Maximilian.
evaluation of the death penalty used to be a free, but now you must pay $3.
- Ethics Videos on the Web. Go to Punishment and the Death Penalty. Lots of resources.
Violence/Violence Against Women
- Bibliographic References for Multicultural Perspectives on Domestic Violence in the U.S. by Natalie J. Sokoloff. This is a detailed and comprehensive bibliography! Never met you, but thank you Natalie S.
in Families: Assessing Prevention and Treatment
A book that examines over a hundred studies on the effects of programs intended to deal with family violence. Definitely worth checking out.
- Family Violence Prevention Fund . This organization played a central role in getting the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994. This site lists up-to-date links on current events in this area, including public policy changes.
Rights Watch - Global Report on Women's Human
Rights. As the
sponsorship and content suggest, this gets at international
abridgement of women's rights. This is a lengthy and depressing
documentation and criticism of the abuse, prostitution, forced
labor, and related oppression of women in many countries.
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center. See their Unspoken Crimes: Sexual Assault in Rural America.
as Social Murder. An
account of the rape of anthropology professor Cathy Winkler
written by Professor Winkler. Originally published in
- The 1997 and 1998 issues of
the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Crime
in the United States
includes special issues on juvenile crime and family violence,
Part of My Sentence" -- Violations of the Human Rights of Women in
Custody, from Amnesty
- The Sonoma
County Domestic Violence Policy Committee Final
Report. This report
examines the problem of domestic violence intervention and the
criminal justice system in light of public response to the killing
of Maria Teresa Macias by her husband. This link takes you to the
Table of Contents. This link is repeated below under "Mostly
has a good list of links.
- The Domestic Violence Project. A pretty big collection of studies and articles.
- The Women's
Studies Resources page
is very helpful too.
Against Domestic Violence
adds some more sources.
Township deals with
workplace violence, including domestic violence, and aspires to
much more--a kind of watering hole for criminologists and others on the
Feminist Majority Foundation.
See this vast and comprehensive site on feminism, including
information directly relevant to criminology--e.g., reproductive
rights, and gender apartheid in Afghanistan.
- See the section under
to learn about recent ATF data on arsons and bombings of abortion
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner SART page.
An updated site with an extensive collection on Sexual Assault Response Teams.
- Violence Against Women, a national online resource. See the listing of, among others, Marital Rape: New Research and Directions.
- See the World
Criminal Justice Library Network
bibliography. You have to scroll down to "Women and Domestic Violence.'
The Drug War, Drugs and
Lindesmith Center - Drug Policy
Foundation, now joined
together, offers the largest collection of full-text materials on
drugs and drug policy, latest news headlines, discussion forums to
share insights and ideas with other drug policy reform activists,
tools and suggestions for 'taking action' on this issue, sign-up
forms for e-mail alert lists, and other membership services.
Wars -- PBS _Frontline.
A companion to PBS's excellent "Frontline" on the drug war and
-- NPR is the NPR "All
Things Considered" companion to "Frontline."
- Stop the Drug War - Drug
Reform Coordination Network (DRCNET). Join their
e-mail list to get the latest information on the drug war. The
DRCNET site claims to have the world's largest on-line
library of drug policy material.
See, for example, "The American Drug Panic of the 1980s." Chapter 12 of Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance by Erich Goode & Nachman Ben-Yehuda.
National Household Survey on Drug
Use and Health, with updates, by the Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Here are state level
estimates of illicit drugs, cigarettes and alcohol by age,
including the brands of cigarettes smoked by Americans.
- Take this link to the current and past International
Narcotics Control Strategy Reports
of drug offenders as a human rights
violation. From Human Rights Watch (1997), "Cruel and Usual:
Disproportionate Sentences for New York Drug Offenders." See also their 2006 Human Rights Watch Report.
- Rockerfeller Drug Laws Have Created Lockdown, USA (Video)
Drugs. Information on
drug enforcement, prevention, and treatment by the California
Department of Justice and the California Narcotic Officers'
Association. The featured drug at this time (12/17/99) is
- Does Drug Abuse Resistance
Education (DARE) work? This is certainly enough positive hype out
there. Here is an
alternative view about the effectiveness of
& Crime Facts -
Bureau of Justice Statistics data on illegal drugs and the effect
on the criminal justice system.
A free bulletin board administered by the Center for Substance
Abuse Research (CESAR). Available via FAX or e-mail.
- The Web
of Addictions An index
of web resources.
- The The
Marijuana Policy Project.
- CJCJ's list of drug resources.
RAND Drug Policy Research Center.
Among other things, see their free summary of a study on the
ineffectiveness of mandatory minimums.
National Institute on Drug Abuse.
See their link on Anabolic
- Number of HIV-Positive State and Federal Inmates Continues to Decline.
- The World Drug Report 2006. Definitely worth checking out.
- White Collar Crime Prosecutions Reach Five Year Low. In case you have been distracted by the penalties of convicted offenders in the Enron scandal, here's a report that will draw attention to the realities of enforcing laws against white collar crime and how prosecution is going down, not up.
- Corporate Media Reform Information Center An extensive list of links. Corporate control of media.
- The Corporate Crime Reporter
- The FBI's attempt at estimating white collar crime via NIBRS.
- Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), from the U.S. Treasury Department.
- Multimedia Monitor's "The Ten Worst Corporations of 2004"
- Corporate Predators
- Media Tenor: Institute for Media Analysis
- Halliburton Watch
- Wal*Mart Watch
- Political Scandal Scorecard
- Jeffrey Reiman and Paul Leighton, "Getting Tough on Corporate Crime? Enron and a Year of Corporate Financial Scandals"
- The Corporate Scandal Sheet
- The OMNI Center, Corporate Crime
- Jamie Court, "Soft On Corporate Crime"
- Ralph Nader, "A Corporate (Crime) State"
- Securities and Exchange Commission http://www.senate.gov/~gov_affairs/100702watchdogsreport.pdf
- GAO Report on SEC Operations
- Citizen Works, Corporate Crime Reporter
- The Department of Justice, Corporate Fraud Task Force
- William Lerach, "Plundering America: How American Investors Got Taken for Trillions by Corporate Insiders"
- William Lerach's,Enron Fraud
- Forbes' Wall Street Fine Tracker
- White Collar Crime Prof Blog
- Prof. John C. Coffee Jr.,"Limited Options"
- National White Collar Crime Center
- Corpwatch, which contains numerous articles on prison industries, sweatshops, tobacco, corruption, and the like.
- Corpwatch, "Congress to Force Agencies to Identify Fake News," May 3rd, 2005.
- Corpwatch, "Media and Publishing"
- Mark Leibovich, on Enron, the movie, "Ultimate Morality Tale," April 29th, 2005 at
- S. Metha, "Small Cinemas Screened Out of Major Releases"
- Dirt Diggers Digest
- Big Business Is Taking A Bite Out of Corporate Oversight
- SEC, NASD and Securities Law Information Center. For consumers who might have been defrauded by a mortgage broker and related information.
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