Sunday, July 1, 2012


The following is a list of journals that deal with criminology and criminal justice related topics. This is in no way to be considered an endorsed or approved list. It is merely an alphabetized list of publications dealing with crime and justice issues.

It should be noted at the outset, even stressed, that there are no official rankings of journals in this field. A number of researchers have attempted to address this and related subjects in a systematic fashion. Those interested in this matter are advised to read these works and draw their own conclusions. See, for example:
Clear, T. R. (2001) "Has Academic Criminal Justice Come of Age?" Justice Quarterly, 18:713.
Sorensen, J. and R. Pilgrim (2002) "The Institutional Affiliations of Authors in Leading Criminology and Criminal Justice Journals," Journal of Criminal Justice, 30:11-18.

Sorensen, J., C. Snell, and J. J. Rodriguez (2006) "An Assessment of Criminal Justice and Criminology Journal Prestige," Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 17:297-322.

For a complete annotated list of journals in the field (including orientation and mission, general philosophy, editorial focus and policy, and complete contact information) see, Michael S. Vaughn, et al, "Journals in Criminal Justice and Criminology: An Updated and Expanded Guide for Authors," Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Vol 15 (1), Spring 2004, pp. 61 - 192.
Addictive Behaviors
Advances in Criminological Theory
African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies
Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal
Aggresive Behavior
American Behavioral Scientist
American Criminal Law Review
American Jails
American Journal of Criminal Justice
American Journal of Criminal Law
American Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse
American Journal of Economics & Sociology
American Journal of Evaluation
American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry
American Journal of International Law
American Journal of Police
American Journal of Psychology
American Journal of Sociology
American Journal on Addictions
American Lawyer Magazine
American Sociological Review
Annual Journal of Pretrial Services
Archives of Sexual Behavior
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Australian Journal of Human Rights
Australian Journal of Psychology
Australian Police Journal


Campus Safety
Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Canadian Journal of Family Law
Canadian Journal of Law and Society / Revue Canadienne Droit Et Societe
Canadian Journal of Women and the Law
Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology
Caribbean Journal of Criminology and Social Psychology
Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal
Child Maltreatment
Children and Youth Services Review
Children's Legal Rights Journal
Columbia Human Rights Law Review
Conflict Resolution Quaterly
Contemporary Criminal Justice
Contemporary Drug Problem
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: A Professional Journal
Contemporary Justice Review
Contemporary Sociology: A Journal Of Reviews
Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy
Corrections and Sentencing Law and Policy
Corrections Compendiums
Corrections Today
Crime and Criminal Justice International
Crime & Delinquency
Crime & Justice International: Worldwide News & Trends
Crime, History and Societies
Crime, Law and Social Change
Crime Mapping: A Journal of Research and Practice
Crime, Media, Culture
Crime, Punishment and the Law
Crime Prevention & Community Policing: An International Journal
Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal
Criminal Behavior and Mental Health
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice:The International Journal of Policy & Practice
Criminal Justice Abstracts
Criminal Justice and Behavior
Criminal Justice and Popular Culture
Criminal Justice Ethics
Criminal Justice History
Criminal Justice Policy Review
Criminal Justice Studies
Criminal Justice ReviewCriminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

Criminal Law Bulletin
Criminal Law Forum: An International
Criminal Law Journal
Criminal Law Quaterly
Criminal Law Review
Criminology and Public Policy
Crisis Intervention and Time-Limited Treatment
Critical Criminology: An International Journal
Critical Issues in Justice and Politics
Critical Sociology
Current Sociology

Immigrants & Minorities
Indian Journal of Criminology
International Criminal Justice Review
International Journal of Comparative & Applied Criminal Justice
International Journal of Comparative Criminology
International Journal of Contemporary Sociology
International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences
International Journal of Criminology & Penology
International Journal of Cyber Criminology
International Journal of Digital Evidence
International Journal of Evidence and Proof
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family
International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology
International Journal of Police Science and Management
International Journal of Police Stratagies & Mangement
International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
International Journal of the Sociology of Law
International Review of Criminal Policy
International Review of Victimology

J Journal
Journal for Crime, Conflict and the Media
Journal for Scientific Study of Religion
Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling
Journal of Adolescence
Journal of Aggresion, Maltreatment, and Trauma
Journal of Behavioral Profiling
Journal of Black Psychology
Journal of Black Studies
Journal of Child Adolescent Substance Abuse
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine
Journal of Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector
Journal of Conflict Resolution
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
Journal of Correctional Health Care
Journal of Crime and Justice
Journal of Criminal Justice
Journal of Criminal Justice Education
Journal of Criminal Justice Popular Culture
Journal of Criminal Law
Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology
Journal of Drug Education
Journal of Drug Issues
Journal of Economic Crime Management
Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect
Journal of Emotional Abuse
Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Journal of European Social Policy
Journal of Experimental Criminology
Journal of Family Violence
Journal of Financial Crime
Journal of Forensic Accounting
Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Gang Research
Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law
Journal of Gender Studies
Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery
Journal of Human Rights
Journal of Interpersonal Criminal Justice
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Journal of Juvenile Justice & Detention Services
Journal of Juvenile Law
Journal of Law & Policy
Journal of Law and Politics
Journal of Law and Society
Journal of Legal Studies
Journal of Money Laundering Control
Journal of Offender Monitoring
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations: An International Journal
Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
Journal of Quantitative Criminology
Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency
Journal of Risk and Uncertainty
Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention
Journal of School Violence
Journal of Security Administration
Journal of Social Issues
Journal of Social Policy
Journal of Social Service Research
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Journal of Sociology
Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Journal of Studies on Alcohol
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Journal of the Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies
Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology
Journal of Threat Assessment
Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
Journal of Traumic Situation
Journal of Urban Affairs
Journal of Youth and Adolescence
Judicature: The Journal of the American Judicature Society
Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology
Justice Policy Journal
Justice Policy Review Journal
Justice Quarterly
Justice Research and Policy
Juvenile Law and Family Court Journal
Justice Quarterly

Scandinavian Journal: Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention
Security Dialogue
Security Journal
Security Management
Sentencing Observer
Sex Roles
Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment
Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Social & Legal Studies
Social Forces
Social Indicators Research
Social Justice
Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & WorldOrder
Social Justice Research
Social Policy and Administration
Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State, and Society
Social Problems
Social Research: An International Quaterly of the Social Sciences
Social Science Computer Review
Social Science History
Social Science Information
Social Science Journal
Social Science Quaterly
Social Science Research
Social Service Review
Social Studies of Science
Social Text
Social Theory and Practice
Social Thoughts: Journal of Religion in the Social Services
Sociological Focus
Sociological Forum
Sociological Inquiry
Sociological Methodology
Sociological Methods & Research
Sociological Perspectives
Sociology of Crime, Law & Deviance
Sociological Quarterly
Sociological Review
Sociological Spectrum
Sociological Theory
Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society
South African Journal of Criminal Justice
South African Journal on Human Rights
Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies
Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice
Soziale Probleme
Stress, Trauma, and Crisis: An International Journal
Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
Studies in Gender and Sexuality
Substance Use and Misuse
Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior
Symbolic Interaction

Teaching Sociology
Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review
Texas Journal of Women and the Law
The IARCA Journal on Community Corrections
The International Journal of Police Science & Management
The International Journal of Policy
The Justice Professional
The Pretrial Reporter
The Prison Journal
Theoretical Criminology
Trauma, Violence, & Abuse: A Review Journal
Trend in Organized Crime

Christie Orders Stepped-Up Inspections by State of Halfway Houses - NYTimes

Christie Orders Stepped-Up Inspections by State of Halfway Houses

Gov. Chris Christie ordered new inspections on Monday of New Jersey’s large, privately run halfway houses, saying his administration would ensure that the system operated “effectively and safely.”
Mr. Christie issued a statement in response to articles published this week in The New York Times that examined the state’s troubled halfway-house system, which has beds for roughly 3,500 parolees and state inmates finishing their sentences.
The system has existed since the 1990s, and state regulation has long been lax — The Times found that the halfway houses, many of which are as large as prisons, have been plagued by violence, drugs, gangs and escapes.
Mr. Christie, a Republican, has deep ties to the company that dominates the halfway-house industry in New Jersey and across the country, Community Education Centers. His close friend and political adviser William J. Palatucci is a senior executive of the company, and Mr. Christie has often visited and praised its facilities.
“I am calling on the Department of Corrections commissioner, Gary Lanigan, to immediately step up inspections of all halfway houses and report any violations and recommendations for changes to the deputy chief of staff for policy,” Mr. Christie said in the statement.
“While many of the disturbing accounts reported in today’s New York Times documenting lax oversight and accountability in some of New Jersey’s halfway houses took place prior to this administration, we have an obligation to ensure the community placements program is effectively and safely operating today,” he said.
Democrats in the State Legislature issued statements on Monday condemning the administration’s oversight and said they would hold hearings on the system.
Before the articles were published, the Christie administration had responded to The Times’s questions about the system by saying it would increase monitoring. On Monday, Mr. Christie said such measures had already led to “a dramatic decrease in the number of walkaways under this administration,” referring to escapes from halfway houses.
At least 181 inmates and parolees escaped halfway-house custody in the first five months of 2012 — a 35 percent decline when compared with a similar period in 2009, before Mr. Christie took office. Roughly 5,100 people have escaped since 2005, The Times found.
State and county agencies spend roughly $105 million a year on halfway houses in New Jersey, which are intended to offer drug treatment, job training and other services to help inmates’ transition into society. Community Education received about $71 million in the last fiscal year.
Community Education posted a statement on its Web site defending its programs. It said the articles in The Times were “an error-filled and gross exaggeration.”
Assemblyman Charles Mainor, a Democrat who is chairman of the Law and Public Safety Committee, said he would scrutinize state oversight, vowing to “to take whatever legislative action is necessary to remedy these problems.”

Cities Balk as Federal Law on Marijuana Is Enforced

Cities Balk as Federal Law on Marijuana Is Enforced

ARCATA, Calif. — Faced with growing chaos in the state’s medical marijuana industry, this city in Northern California passed an ordinance in 2008 that meticulously detailed, over 11 pages, how the drug could be grown and sold here.
Ramin Rahimian for The New York Times
Medical marijuana at the Humboldt Patient Resource Center in Arcata, Calif. Officials in Arcata and other cities that have ordinances regulating the industry are now at odds with federal prosecutors, who began shuttering dispensaries in October.
Ramin Rahimian for The New York Times
Kevin Jodrey, center, with patients at the Humboldt Patient Resource Center in Arcata, Calif. City officials, wary of a federal crackdown on the medical marijuana industry, have delayed the center’s application.
Humboldt Medical Supply, a dispensary here in Humboldt County regarded as a law-abiding model that has given free cannabis to elderly patients, became the first to obtain a permit in 2010. The Sai Center, whose owner has a history of flouting city regulations and was described by the mayor as running his business “purely for profit,” was rejected last year.
Humboldt Medical quickly closed shop after federal prosecutors began shuttering hundreds of dispensaries in October in one of the biggest crackdowns on medical marijuana since its legalization in California in 1996. The Sai Center’s owner moved locations and has defied the authorities by continuing to operate, most recently out of his mother’s house. City officials, afraid of becoming targets themselves of the prosecutors, have suspended the applications of two other dispensaries that were expected to be approved.
“We feel the federal government’s actions have had a very negative effect,” said Mayor Michael Winkler. “We’re very upset with their actions.”
Like their counterparts in many other municipalities that have regulated medical marijuana on their own, Arcata officials say the federal offensive has brought renewed chaos to the medical marijuana industry. The federal authorities, their critics say, have indiscriminately targeted good and bad dispensaries, sometimes putting the best ones out of business. The crackdown, the critics say, has made it difficult for qualified Californians to obtain marijuana for medical use and is just pushing buyers into the black market.
Acting on federal law, which considers all possession and distribution of marijuana to be illegal, California’s four United States attorneys, working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service, have shut down at least 500 dispensaries statewide in the last eight months by sending letters to operators, landlords and local officials, warning of criminal charges and the seizure of assets. The United States attorneys said the dispensaries were violating not only federal law but also state law, which requires operators to be primary caregivers to their customers and distribute marijuana only for medical purposes.
“We’re not concerned in prosecuting patients or people who are legitimate caregivers for ill people, who are in good faith complying with state law,” said Benjamin B. Wagner, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of California. “But we are concerned about large commercial operations that are generating huge amounts of money by selling marijuana in this essentially unregulated free-for-all that exists in California.”
Because of the lack of regulation, it is difficult to know precisely how many dispensaries have shut down or even how many were in operation before the start of the current crackdown. But figures provided by three of California’s four United States attorneys totaled more than 500: “dozens” in Mr. Wagner’s district; 217 in the Southern District, in San Diego; and more than 200 in the Central District, in Los Angeles. Officials in the three districts say they have succeeded in putting out of business more than 90 percent of the dispensaries they have identified so far.

Dr Chrissy Boardman talks to Professor Sue Bailey

Dr Chrissy Boardman talks to Professor Sue Bailey

Professor Sue Bailey
Dr Chrissy Boardman talks to Professor Sue Bailey, the current President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, about her role.

Jeremy Holmes, MD, FRCPsych: Psychodynamic psychiatry’s green shoots

Jeremy Holmes, MD, FRCPsych: Psychodynamic psychiatry’s green shoots

The British Journal of Psychiatry current issue

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  • Editorials

  • Psychodynamic psychiatry’s green shoots

    1. Jeremy Holmes, MD, FRCPsych
    + Author Affiliations
    1. School of Psychology, Washington-Singer Building, Perry Road, Exeter EX4 4QG, UK. Email:
    • Declaration of interest
      J.H. was Chair of the Faculty of Psychotherapy at the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998–2002.


    Psychodynamic psychiatry makes a significant educational, scientific and therapeutic contribution to contemporary psychiatry. Recent developments in gene–environment interaction, neuropsychoanalysis and the accumulating evidence base for psychoanalytic therapies and their implications for practice are reviewed.

  • From the Editor's desk

  • Threading psychiatry towards brain disease

    John Bucknill, founding editor of this Journal, always argued that psychiatric illness was a brain disease1 and the study of the brain was the answer to professional advancement for psychiatrists. Today I think he would have become a neurologist – and of course he was one of the founders of the journal Brain. I have to be frank and say that I would not have contemplated becoming a psychiatrist if it had been a branch of neurology at the time. When I was a medical student my experiences with neurology were similar to the feelings I get when I see the sport of synchronised swimming. I admire their skills, coordination and professionalism but am left absolutely cold by what they do. Similarly the brilliance and diagnostic acumen of the good neurologist provoked similar regard but when the outcome of consultations rarely involved anything that I could remotely call therapy I switched off. So I opted for the rough and tumble of core psychiatric practice even though it required very different skills. I suspect the practice of therapeutics within neurology has improved since my medical student times but from our recent work it still appears that one in four patients attending neurology clinics has a treatable mental illness that is unrecognised and often mismanaged,2 although many of these patients have complex functional somatic problems (Morriss, pp. 444–445) that we are only just beginning to understand and manage successfully (Schröder et al, pp. 499–507).
    But of course, however interested we are in the practice of psychiatry we cannot ignore brain function in our work, and increasingly we are linking clinical features to neurophysiology and neuropathology. Four papers in the issue do exactly this. Jeremy Holmes (pp. 439–441) joins up the unlikely bedfellows of neuropsychology and psychoanalysis and gives a hint that we may soon be able to identify the bourne of the unconscious mind in the depths of the brain. Duijff et al (pp. 462–468) take a genetic disorder, velocardiofacial syndrome, that is commonly associated with schizophrenia, and show that many, but not all, children with this condition show cognitive decline between 5 and 10 years of age. Most clinicians are aware that dementia with Lewy bodies is frequently associated with visual hallucinations, and the studies of Taylor et al (pp. 491–498)3 are beginning to unravel the role of the higher regions of the occipito-parietal cortex in this pathology. Finally, Eccles et al (pp. 508–509) in their challenging paper suggest that amygdala abnormalities may account for the double pathology of hypermobility and the stress/anxiety diathesis in such patients, but of course interpretation is limited as the participants were only volunteers. These studies, and similar ones we have published recently4,5 add to knowledge in an incremental way but only rarely6 do they have a message that is of direct relevance to the practising clinician, and at this stage they seem unlikely to have a quick impact on the bulge of mental disorders in the 20–40 age group, where they dominate all other pathologies.7
    So neurology and psychiatry have some way to go before they join in harmony. And when it comes to synchronised swimming, now an Olympic event, I am ashamed that I get more satisfaction, some would call it Schadenfreude but I think it is closer to immature glee, when the performers get it wrong and arms and legs flap akimbo. I hope I can shake off this undesirable weakness when I now work with neurologists and other physicians, as there is a clear need from the paper from Bruffaerts and colleagues (pp. 454–461) for all of us to be more cooperative in dealing with comorbid mental and physical illness if we are to improve life quality.

    An endangered species?

    As we move closer towards the brain I detect a loss of confidence in the profession about its role. I have recently been at an East European and Serbian Congress in Belgrade where there was an open debate about the future of psychiatry and its practitioners. We live in turbulent economic times and may have a right to be gloomy, but I was quite disturbed to hear speaker after speaker predicting the demise of our profession or its absorption into neurology or some other discipline, as the funding for mental illness and respect for psychiatrists gets progressively less. Retrenchment seems to be the current message, together with a return to old disciplines echoed in our columns.8,9 What disturbed me even more was the claim that stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness is getting worse and that our lack of direction is contributing to this. I certainly do not detect this in the UK and with so many initiatives working to promote optimism and reduce stigma10 I honestly do think we have reasons to be cheerful, if not now, at least in the longer term.