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Primary Research Papers
These primary criminology research papers are written by some of the most up and coming criminologists in their fields. It should be noted that although these criminology papers are not anonymously peer reviewed, like those in our articles section of the journal, primary research papers are reviewed and edited by the General Editor and members of the Editorial Board to ensure they meet the high standards of the Internet Journal of Criminology.
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Field Observations of Australian Private Investigators Conducting Fraud Investigations
It has been over a decade since the last study was conducted investigating the nature and role of the private investigation
profession. To fill this gap, this study uses semi-structured interviews and field observation of private investigators working
within the metropolitan area of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to obtain data to further this field. This study focuses on the investigative
methods used by private investigators to conduct their investigations and examines the ethical and legal issues arising from their work. Despite
some advances in training and licensing, the industry is still prone to investigators adopting questionable ethical practices such as deception to
solve cases. The objective of this paper is to provide a greater insight into this little understood profession.
Police interviewing of criminal suspects: A historical perspective
This paper provides an historical overview of the development of police suspect interviewing. The paper highlights how different approaches
developed based upon the prevailing needs of the time, from early approaches involving torture and threats, simple question and answer
approaches, through to methods incorporating knowledge from the behavioural sciences such as persuasive interviewing. The paper highlights some
of the problems associated with these approaches in particular risks of unreliable information and potential miscarriages of justice and discusses
more recent ethically oriented interview approaches developed to minimise some of these risks. The paper stresses the importance of sensitivity to
the rights and needs of suspects even when carrying out interviews under pressured conditions.
Youth Offenders and Functional Literacy
One of the key findings of the Department of Communities and Local Government’s Report into the 2011 riots found that a significant causal issue
amongst those persons convicted of criminal offences during the riots of August 2011, was their lack of ‘Functional Literacy’. This article
looks at longitudinal study of convicted youth offenders from 1995 and 2006. It sets out to establish that there has been sufficient academic
writing from Rutter (1975) to Goodman & Ruggeiro (2010) coupled with the findings of successive Government Reports, including The Moser Report
1999, that have gone virtually unheeded by Governments of all political persuasions. These findings have been left to gather dust during periods
of financial growth as well as recession for over more than thirty years. Why should the Department of Communities and Local Government’s Report
fare any better?
Portsmouth Community Safety Survey 2012
This is a summary report of the key findings from the 5th Portsmouth Community Safety Survey (PCSS). Previous surveys were carried out in
2001, 2004, 2007and 2009 by Ipsos MORI. This 2012 survey has been carried out by second year research students in the Institute of Criminal
Justice Studies (ICJS). It was designed to gather opinions from Portsmouth residents on: quality of life; perceptions and experience of crime
and anti-social behaviour; and fear of crime in relation to particular areas of Portsmouth. This summary report was commissioned by Portsmouth
City Council to inform the Safer Portsmouth Partnership Strategic Assessment (SPPSA) and the Safer Portsmouth Partnership Plan (SPPP). Both of
these documents identify the community safety priorities for the partner agencies involved and provide the evidence on which the allocation of relevant
resources and the commissioning of associated services within Portsmouth are based.
Sentenced to Work: From Retribution to Rehabilitation
Inmate work has been an important feature of prison systems in the United States from the colonial period until today (Fox, 1972), and
work has been seen as a method to accomplish several correctional objectives (Hawkins, 1976). Prison labor was initiated for
disciplinary reasons and retribution in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, extended and expanded for financial profit with the
development of the industrial prison in the nineteenth, and maintained for its alleged therapeutic and educational value as a part of
rehabilitation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (Conley, 2001).
In Pursuit of the Beast: Undergraduate Attitudes Towards Sex Offenders and Implications for Society, Rehabilitation and British Psychology Education
Positive attitudes toward sex offenders can lead to favourable treatment outcomes and with psychology students being among the most likely graduates to
move into offender rehabilitation, it is important to investigate the attitudes of this group. Students from British psychology and non-psychology
courses read vignettes depicting an adult and a juvenile committing a contact sexual offence on a child, and completed modified versions of the attitudes
towards sex offenders [ATS] questionnaire. The adult offender was viewed significantly more punitively than the juvenile offender, but no significant
differences were found between subgroups of participants. It was concluded that undergraduate psychology degrees do not go far enough to address some
of the stigmatised views held by the general population towards sex offenders. Implications for media reporting, recidivism and psychology education are
Criminal Attitudes of Ex-Prisoners: The Role of Personality, Criminal Friends and Recidivism
Previous research suggests that those who enter prison with a low level of criminal attitudes tend to acquire more deviant attitudes
during their sentence due to persistent contact with criminal others, and moreover, presence of criminal personality may be sufficient
to develop criminal attitudes. The aim of this paper is to determine which of the independent variables: age, education level, marital status, number of children, location,
recidivism, association with criminal friends, and personality traits could be used to explain why ex-prisoners hold criminal attitudes.
Policing in the Pacific: Why the Wontok Sysytem of the Solomons Encourages Corruption
Jason Sargent spent 4 months serving in the Solomon Islands in 2003 as part of the (RAMSI) Royal Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, when
he was a uniformed member of the Australian Federal Police in the Protective Service section. This paper will examine how policing in the Solomon
Islands will always face the reality of corruption due to the tribal system known as the Wontok system of family association and protection.
Multiethnic Comparisons of the Predictors of Delinquency Among Urban Adolescents
The purpose of the present study was to examine the roles of parental and peer influences on adolescent delinquency in a multiethnic
sample of European American, Asian American, and Latino youth. The study utilized survey data on parental monitoring, peer
delinquency, and delinquency on 187 high school students (10-12th grade). Overall, we found that when controlling for ethnicity
and other demographic variables, both parental monitoring and peer delinquency independently predicted participants’ delinquency. In
addition, peer delinquency functioned as a mediator between parental monitoring and delinquency. Findings from our study also show that
correlates of delinquency differ among European American, Asian American, and Latino adolescents. Our findings suggest that prevention
and intervention programs should acknowledge ethnic differences and should gauge whether steps can be taken to tailor programming to
specific ethnic groups.
A Global Crime: Why Transnational Sex Trafficking Networks are Succeeding in the 21st Century
This article explores the relationship between increasing environmental complexity born of globalization processes and transnational
criminal activity. In particular, the phenomenon of transnational sex trafficking is spotlighted for review. Initially, this review
sketches the parameters of the problem and the main actors involved. Next, an analysis of how transnational criminals function examines
why changes in organizational form have unleashed operational capabilities that public sector entities in law enforcement are finding
difficult to overcome. The study closes suggesting productive paths forward to combat this growing scourge.
From the USA to the ROK, CSI is Getting Airplay: An Exploratory Study of the Presence and Popularity of American Criminal Justice Dramas in Northeast Asia
Considerable research has focused on media presentations of crime and the criminal justice system in the United States, but
little attention has been afforded to the popularity of American criminal justice dramas in foreign nations. This study utilizes
a mixed methodological strategy to examine the availability and viewing of American criminal justice dramas (television programs and
movies) in South Korea. An analysis of daily programming on several networks available in South Korea shows that American criminal
justice television dramas such as CSI and American movies about crime and justice such as The Fugitive are frequently broadcast. An
analysis of data obtained from a survey of South Korean college students shows that more than half the students watched an American
criminal justice dramatic television program at least once and that more than one out of ten of the students watched American criminal
justice dramatic programs on a regular basis. The implications of the data for future research are discussed.
The Women of Stormfront: An Examination of White Nationalist Discussion Threads on the Internet
Although a plethora of literature exists on hate or extremist group activity, the role of racist women remains an unexplored area. The
current study sought to explore one method of communication for racist women, the Internet. The researchers conducted a content
analysis on 227 discussion threads provided on one of the oldest extremist websites on the Internet, Stormfront. The purpose of
this study was to investigate the content of the discussion threads described as ‘For Stormfront Ladies Only.’ Of primary interest
to the researchers was whether the content discussed by women in this ‘White Nationalist’ cyber community supported the assertion by
some scholars that the role of women in racist activities is undergoing a transformation and the implications of this study in that
regard are discussed.
Criminal Justice Department Chairs'Attitudes Towards Homosexuals and Curricular Issues
Criminal justice students have stronger negative attitudes toward homosexuals than do other social science
students (Cannon 2005; Miller 2001; & Olivero and Murataya’s 2001). The current research surveys criminal justice department
chairs’ attitudes toward homosexuals and the number and nature of courses in their departments that deal with gay and lesbian
issues. Results show that male chairs and chairs that are older and white tend to have more negative feelings towards
homosexuals. Furthermore, while chairs’ believe that some gay and lesbian issues are also criminal justice issues, courses
covering issues facing homosexual in the criminal justice system are lacking.
Deconstructing and Refocusing Types of “Identity Thefts”
19 October 2011, Editorial note: This article has been revised and that an updated version is now available as a peer reviewed paper here
Identity theft has become the focal concern of crimes online in the first decade of twenty-first century. However, the scope of this
crime has been unsettled in the literature and overlapped with emerging online frauds. The present study attempted to clarify the
meanings of “identity theft” by examining the essential elements of identities and incorporating various definitions of identity
theft. A framework was created to deconstruct a group of widely varied phenomenon of crime, including identity thefts, phishing
scams, and online frauds. Discussions were focused on recent variations of identity related crimes occurred in the online
setting. These efforts aimed to point out gaps in the existing social and technological systems. Suggestions for identity protection
approaches were also discussed.
Betting Shops and Crime: Is There a Relationship?
Gambling and its link with criminal activity is an area of growing research interest. Studies from various regions worldwide have
suggested an association between criminal activity and easily accessible gambling, yet, despite growth in the commercial gambling
industry, relatively little is known about the nature, extent or impact of gambling-related crime. Such information is critical in
the current UK climate as some gambling establishments (particularly betting shops) are prevented from getting operating licenses on
the basis of police objections that they are likely to become ‘crime hotspots’. Therefore, this paper briefly overviews to what extent
betting shops cause, facilitate, or attract crime. It is concluded that only two types of betting shops can realistically be associated
with crime arising from problem gamblers who use their premises and with criminal behaviour occurring within or in the immediate
environment of the premises itself. Although a few studies have shown associations between gambling and crime there is no empirical
evidence showing that gambling venues (including betting shops) cause crime. Most of the empirical evidence concerning the relationship
between crime and gambling concerns the criminal consequences of problem gambling (including those ‘addicted’ to gambling).
In order to be a cause of crime, betting shops must be both a necessary and sufficient condition for the crimes in question to occur.
This paper finds that they are neither.
Public Perceptions of the Police: Effects of Police Investigation and Police Resources
Since the 1980s, successive UK governments have sought to increase efficiency in, and effectiveness of, policing through what has been
described as “cycles of reform” (Reiner, 2000, p. 204). The reforms typically involved exerting greater central control over regional
police forces. Many of the early initiatives met with resistance from within the police and, as a result, were not fully implemented
(McLaughlin and Murji, 1995). By the late 1990s and early 2000s, however, more effective and direct control over police performance
was finally established. This took the form of a centralisation of police management, which resulted in the introduction of more uniform
measures of monitoring police performance, including the regular recording of crime and crime detection rates among police
forces. Performance targets were set and the public’s satisfaction with the work of the police in their local area became one of
several performance indicators.
Socio-Cultural Determinants of Criminal and Anti-Social Behaviour of Agaba Groups in Calabar Metropolis, Nigeria
This paper explored the involvement and arrest of street boys (popularly called Agaba boys) in 19 criminal and anti-social behaviours.
Using the General Strain Theory (GST) to guide discussion, the study administered questionnaires on 80 Agaba members drawn purposively
from four groups in Calabar Metropolis. It equally held Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with group leaders. Chi square statistical tool
and multiple regressions were used in analysis. The results revealed differences in the four groups’ involvements in the 19 criminal and
anti-social behaviours that were tested. Socio-economic activities found in their residential areas were the major determinants of type
of criminal and anti-social activities they specialized in. The study argues that socio-demographic backgrounds that the boys found
themselves exerted significant effect on their subsequent behaviours. It suggests the creation of a Public Private Partnership (PPP)
initiative that would deliberately create employments which require low and manual skills that could help in taking most of the boys
from the streets.
Perception of Smuggling Among the Yoruba People of Oke-Ogun of South Western Nigeria
Smuggling, defined by Nigerian law as criminal, is rampant in Oke-ogun area of Southwestern Nigeria. Consequently, a
research project was conducted among the people of the area to determine; how the people perceive smuggling. Also, to
see the relationship that exists between the smugglers and the border town dwellers as well as between the smugglers and
the law enforcement agents. Furthermore, it was meant to investigate the relationship between the level of education and
perception of smuggling by the people of the area. The major instruments used were structured questionnaire, key informant
method and in-depth interview. The study established that most residents did not see anything bad in smuggling as they profit
from smuggling activities; and most of the services they provide are not without rewards. A positive relationship also exists
between levels of education and perception of smuggling among the people of the study area.
Spinach, Iron and Popeye: Ironic lessons from biochemistry and history on the importance of healthy eating, healthy scepticism and adequate citation
To inform knowledge in research methods and dissemination ethics for the natural and social sciences, this article reinforces the
importance of citation to support all assertions of fact. New findings are presented for the history of biochemistry, nutrition,
psychology, medicine, and the social sciences. Bio-chemistry papers and scientific news reports from the 1930’s seriously undermine a
long standing truism that in the 1920s and 30s, bio-chemists, nutrition experts, public health policy makers, and E. Segar the creator of
the newspaper comic strip Popeye were misled either by a decimal place error in 19th Century published research, or else by erroneous
interpretation of 19th Century scientific findings, to exaggerate the iron content of spinach tenfold. Further, the failure to study
original sources is evidenced in a multitude of completely erroneous publications claiming that these apocryphal errors caused Segar to
choose spinach for Popeye’s super human strength. In fact, Segar chose and promoted spinach for its vitamin A content alone.
Relationship between Psycho-demographic Factors and Civil Servants’ Attitudes to Corruption in Osun State, Nigeria
This paper examines the relationship between psycho-demographic factors and attitude to corruption (ATC). The cross-sectional survey
included 600 local government civil servants following multi-stage sampling. A 58-item self report validated questionnaire was used
for data gathering. There was significant relationship between; personality, fraudulent intent,
N-Ach and ATC. Fear of crime had an inverse relationship with ATC, personality was shown to be the most potent
predictor of ATC and there was significant relationship between age and ATC. This study
provides insight to the role of these psychological factors and age as fundamental to improving public servants’ ATC, especially in
Nigeria. Utilisation of these findings could be useful in staff recruitment and reduction of corruption in private and public
administration in other settings.
Male Inmate Perspective on Reducing Recidivism Rates Through Post-Incarceration Resources
Most people who are incarcerated come from the community and ultimately will return to the community (Andress, Wildes, Rechtine, and
Moritsugu, 2004). What are some unmet needs post-incarceration that could be addressed to reduce their risk of reoffending? This
nonrandom pilot study investigates inmate perspectives regarding perceived access to resources post-incarceration that could reduce
their recidivism, by surveying 102 male inmates at three Midwestern jails. It was hypothesized that male inmates would agree that
accessible resources, treatment, and/or support services, post-incarceration would help reduce their recidivism. Major findings
supported the hypothesis. The survey data was statistically analyzed using frequencies, means, and a reliability analysis. Implications
for practitioners and future researchers were addressed.
Crime and gambling: A brief overview of gambling fraud on the Internet
Although there is an association between crime and gambling there is relatively little information and research on the
topic. One area that appears to have become more prevalent over the last five years is that of fraudulent gambling activities
on the Internet. This paper briefly outlines how many frauds and scams have moved into technological media such as the Internet
and overviews a number of these including: (i) lottery scams, (ii) fake gambling site scams, (iii) betting software scams, (iv)
gambling ‘bonus’ scams, (v) ‘twofer’ scams, and (vi) prize scams. It is concluded that gambling fraud on the Internet is a growth
area because many gamblers themselves want to get a huge reward from a small outlay (just as the fraudsters do). As long as there
are people who are prepared to risk money on chance events, there will be those out there who will want to fraudulently take their
money from them. Given the complete lack of empirical data on these fraudulent practices, there is a need for research to be
initiated in this newly emerging area of criminological concern.
A Physicist, a Philosopher and a Politician: What penologists can learn from Einstein, Kant and Churchill
For the past three decades scholars, politicians and prison officials within the United States have collectively ignored offender
rehabilitation as a legitimate penal pursuit. This has stifled the development and use of treatment initiatives. The absence of a
treatment objective signifies a state of ideological imbalance. Prison specialization is offered as a potential solution to restore
this balance while helping to break the criminogenic cycle. In looking at the feasibility of prison specialization, attention is
given to three great thinkers, Albert Einstein, Immanuel Kant, and Winston Churchill. Both Einstein and Kant suggested that creative
and innovative thinking can produce immensely rewarding results regardless of the field under consideration. Likewise, Churchill
specifically lobbied for the creation of a specialized prison system.
Bias Motivation in Crime: A Theoretical Examination
This paper assesses the social problem of racially motivated crime that occurs within our communities.
Racially motivated crime is also known as bias motivation and this type of offense is personal in nature,
pertaining to one’s race, ethnicity or nationality, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.
There are various categories of bias that influence an individual to participate in the execution of a
hate crime. The Labeling Perspective and the Constructionist Perspective are examined to assess a
theoretical interpretation of this complex social problem. There is substantial controversy in
regards to what exactly constitutes a hate crime and how this discrimination of one another effects
members of our communities, affecting behavior as well as shaping social norms, violations, and deviant
behavior correlated to the occurrence of bias acts of criminal activity.
Cameras in the Courtroom: A Comprehensive Examination
This paper will examine the utilization of cameras within the courtroom and will discuss the
historical context of broadcasting court proceedings as well as the current legal regulations
pertaining to the use of cameras in and outside of the court. The strengths and weaknesses of
utilizing cameras in court are explored. A section is devoted to the discussion of the diverse
implications associated with utilizing cameras in court proceedings as well as the precarious
influences correlating to the members thereof. An assessment of the behavioral and theoretical
perspectives will be considered in regards to the sociological, psychological and criminological
aspects of the community, citizens, and members of the criminal justice system.
Pakistan: Far-Right Islamist Militants and a Resurgence in the Illicit Opiates Trade
Between the mid-1970s and late-1990s, Pakistan was a major source of illicit opium and heroin to the global market. By
2001, development and law enforcement activities where successful in creating a business environment in which Pakistani
opium poppy farmers could not compete with their Afghan counterparts, resulting in Pakistan being declared ‘opium free’
by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime. Since 2003, there has been a gradual increase in illicit opium production in Pakistan,
however, the state has been able to eradicate as much as 77 percent of all crops; this was not the case in 2008, mainly due
to the redeployment of resources from counter-narcotics to counter-militancy operations. This paper posits that the current
high levels of violent conflict between the state and far-right Islamist militants could act as an impetus to an increase in
illicit opium production in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Family Structure and Juvenile Delinquency:
Correctional Centre Betamba, Centre Province of Cameroon
The relationship between family structure and juvenile delinquency was explored in a purposive probability sample
of 120 adolescents of the Betamba children’s correctional center using a questionnaire. The use of quantitative
statistical analysis revealed the following significant relationships: (1) Juvenile delinquents mostly come from
homes in which the parents are married; (2) The moral education of juvenile delinquents is undertaken more by others
than their biological parents; (3) Most delinquent children come from the lowest socio-economic stratum of society;
(4) About two-thirds of the juvenile delinquents come from homes where 7 persons and above live under the same roof;
(5) Most parents of our respondents have low paid jobs which keep them for long periods away from their children. A
growing number of parents need additional socio-economic support, development of vital skills of responsible parenting,
in order to adequately manage periods of rapid social change and simultaneous multidimensional challenges.
Moral Remediation, Multi-Systemic Therapy and Effective Interventions for Serious Juvenile Offenders
Our juvenile hall population is at an all time high, 2.2 million inmates at an average cost of about $35,000 per inmate (OJJDP, 2006).
In fact, we lead the world in incarcerated juvenile offenders and the juvenile system is fast becoming a breeding ground for adult prisons.
In Washington State alone, 73% of adult inmates served time in a juvenile detention facility (OJJDP, 2005). This paper describes how a “Moral
Remediation” program could be employed as an adjunct to the most successful intervention programs as defined by a recent study in the Office of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Bulletin (April, 2000). The Bulletin defined 200 intervention programs and the methods they used to lower
the recidivism rates of serious juvenile offenders in non-institutionalized and institutionalized facilities.
Identity Crisis? Negotiating Blackness in the British Police Service: a Regional Perspective
Our paper will address preliminary findings from a pilot study in which we will interview a sample of
black police personnel from Nottingham, UK. Our goal in this project is to uncover the mechanisms by
which police officers as well as other police staff negotiate their black identities in the context of
their roles within law enforcement – an entity that clearly been historically characterized by systemic
How Prolific Thieves Sell Stolen Goods
Aiming to reduce acquisitive crimes and associated offending, Nottinghamshire Constabulary is considering adopting the Market Reduction Approach (MRA)
to tackle stolen goods markets in order to reduce theft. As a first step, this report provides a review of findings from a study of local stolen goods
markets in Nottingham and Mansfield. The study examined the ways that local stolen goods markets operate and their influence upon local theft levels
and criminal careers. Funding for the study was provided by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities Department. The findings in this report
come from in-depth interviews conducted in the summer of 2006 with 20 offenders under supervision by Mansfield and Nottingham’s prolific offender units.
Some interviewees admitted that they were active offenders. Others were making a concerted effort to remain out of trouble. Most had recently completed
a spell in custody.
Differences at the Border:
Views of Crime, Criminals, Punishment, and Treatment Among Canadian and U.S. College Students
Crime is universal; views about crime and how to control it vary widely in different cultural and political climates.
This study examined cross-cultural views of crime, criminals, punishment and treatment for offenders. Specifically,
this study compared Canadian and U.S. college students and their perceptions of these issues to determine whether cultural
differences exist and to what degree. Both the independent t-test and ordered ordinal regression indicated that U.S. students
tended to be more punitive than their Canadian counterparts on a majority of the indicators. This attitude may be due to the fact
that U.S. students were more likely to perceive a higher crime rate.
Handling Stolen Goods: Findings from the 2003 Offending
Crime and Justice Survey
This paper presents findings from a systematic analysis of stolen goods markets, based upon scholarly
research and criminological theory, with a toolkit for implementing Sutton’s MRA. The MRA has been
implemented in several UK police forces including Kent, Thames Valley, The Metropolitan Police.
Derbyshire, Manchester and West Mercia. Other forces use MRA techniques, while Nottinghamshire and
Cheshire currently seek to build it into routine policing. Independent academic evaluators,
commissioned by the Home Office to evaluate the MRA in 3 police force areas: Kent; Greater Manchester
and West Mercia, found MRA theory to be sound, referring positively to police using this report as ‘The
Sutton Bible’. This Primary Research Paper presents important analysis.
Counter-Terrorism and Democracy Transition in Russia
The purpose of this essay is to open up East and West dialogues by critically discussing the measures that Russia
is undertaking in order to tackle terrorism and to discuss how this impacts upon the provision of security in a nation
recently undergoing such relatively rapid change.
Targeted Intervention Effects on Antisocial Behaviour
The current study reports on an evaluation of a school-based intervention aimed at altering at-risk primary students’ self-perception and
social awareness as an avenue to mainstream citizenship rather than delinquency and criminal activity.
Fourteen students participated in a pilot intervention programme operated once weekly over four months. Programme
activities were focused on raising awareness of antisocial behaviours and awareness of personal life quality. The evaluation applied a
mixed-methods approach using both quantitative and qualitative data.
Evidence for improvement in children’s self-perception was identified as well as effective methods facilitating such changes.
Implications of the findings for further intervention programmes and evaluations are discussed.
The relationship between community attitudes and recent racial vilification laws in Victoria Australia:
A comparison of a legal and extra-legal classification model.
This study assessed the level of consistency between the elements prescribed in Victoria, Australia’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act (2001)
and the criteria utilised by a sample of the general population in that state. A random sample of 197 adult Victorians was asked to provide their
opinions about a hypothetical vignette where seemingly racist comments were made. Based on existing research and theory, it was anticipated that
participants’ classifications of conduct as racial vilification would be better predicted by factors not included in the legislation, than
legislatively-defined considerations. Results indicate that the legal model, which included the elements of ‘incitement’ and ‘basis of race’,
was a significant predictor of classifications of racial vilification. However, the proposed ‘extra-legal’ model, which included ‘race of the target’,
‘race of the perpetrator’, ‘intention’, and ‘perceived seriousness’, also emerged as a significant predictor of respondent classifications. Although the
legal model did in fact emerge as a more effective predictor, a hybrid model including the legally prescribed elements as well as ‘perceived seriousness’
had the greatest predictive ability. It is concluded that the public, as potential jurors, show a preference for grounded ‘act-based’ factors when
determining whether a behaviour constitutes racial vilification or not, and that the tenets of Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act (2001)
largely reflect these intuitive criteria.
The Effect of Initial Meeting Context and Video-Mediation on Jury Perceptions of an Eyewitness
Video-mediated testimony in the courtroom has become more widespread since introduced as a method to aid vulnerable witnesses.
Despite many benefits, research indicates that individuals are perceived more negatively over video links in comparison to face-to-face contact.
Studies have also shown that an initial face-to-face meeting can improve subsequent person perceptions across video. The current study compared
participant perceptions of an eyewitness in three conditions: face-to-face testimony, video testimony and video testimony with an initial face-to-face
introduction. Results suggest that although impressions of the eyewitness were more negative when the testimony was given via video (compared with
face-to-face), this did not impact upon the jury’s decision to convict the accused. Furthermore, the initial face-to-face meeting did not significantly
improve the jury’s perceptions of the eyewitness. Video-mediated impressions may be more negative due to social distance and the attenuation of visual
“If They Are Dead, Tell Us!”
A Criminological Study of the “Disappearances” in Kashmir
Cradled in the lap of majestic mountains of the Himalayas, Kashmir is one of the most beautiful places on earth. This
paradise is now hell for many Kashmiris due to the prolonged war between India and Pakistan since the end of the British Empire and
subsequent partition of the Indian Subcontinent. This paper focuses on the enforced disappearances in Kashmir.
The aim of this study is to further develop the study into the victims of State harm. In order to do this, Kauzlarich et al's 'Victimology of State Crime'
is utilised, and their general propositions of State crime are tested with reference to the disappeared in Kashmir. This study holds with Kauzlarich et
al's assertion that State crime victimology is a different phenomenon from that of street crime as victims are doubly victimised by the state - once
during the actual harm inflicted and then again by the criminal justice process.
Whilst the majority of Kauzlarich's propositions were consistent with the situation in Kashmir, the concept of secondary victimisation
was underdeveloped throughout the original Kauzlarich et al paper. This concept, in relation to Kashmir, is developed in this paper.
The Public Discourse on Corruption in Greece
Perceptions of corruption have significant impact on a country’s awareness of the issue and thereby on the success of
any prevention measures. This paper provides a brief overview and summary of preliminary findings from an on-going study
funded by the European Commission to examine issues of corruption in 8 EU countries. The study examines the perceptions
of political and administrative decision-makers in the various countries, of the representatives of various institutions and
authorities, as well as of citizens and media in the European societies. Overall, the project attempts to investigate the
difference between institutionalised prevention policies, how they are perceived in daily practice and how effective they are.
Honour-Related Violence (HRV) in Scotland:
A Cross- And Multi-Agency Intervention Involvement Survey.
This paper documents the results of a small-scale pilot study, which represents the first step
towards further research in this overlooked area of violence against women and represents a first
step towards responding to widespread calls for multi-disciplinary research to be conducted in this area.
‘Honour’ killings and ‘honour’ related violence is a neglected area in criminology. Such killings and acts
of violence are assaults committed against women both by female and male family or community members,
for what is considered ‘immoral behaviour,’ that might include women choosing their own marriage partner,
allegations of premarital or extramarital sex, being a victim of sexual abuse or rape and even talking
innocently with a man who is not a relative. This paper highlights the lack of provision for females
facing this specific type of family violence and problems faced by agencies who attempt to help them.
This Primary Research Paper provides insights that will remind/inform readers that because this form of
violence is shrouded by notions of ‘honour’, there are girls and women living in the UK who are outwardly
living calmly in what are effectively dangerous and violent family- and community-governed environments.
Are Reality TV Crime Shows Continuing to Perpetuate
This article examines the portrayal of gender and race in the USA reality television program COPS.
Fifty one police officers apprehending sixty perpetrators were content analyzed into four categories
including race (of both officer and perpetrator), gender (of both officer and perpetrator),
US Uniform Crime Report (UCR) type offense (type I or type II), as well as the specific type
of crime depicted. The vast majority of police officers shown on COPS were white male (92%)
and the majority of offenders were nonwhite males (62%). Black men were most likely to be shown
engaging in a crime of burglary or theft or crimes involving drugs. Hispanic men were most likely
to be involved in UCR Part I offenses; however, they were in a distinct minority on these episodes.
On the other hand, the most likely scenario for white offenders is to be shown committing an alcohol
related offense or causing, or being part of, a domestic disturbance. Few white women were included on the
show. One was a police officer and among the other five, one was looking for a lost child and the others
were picked up for a variety of relatively minor violations (driving under the influence, drug
possession, stolen bike, animal disturbance). No minority women were shown on COPS during this
period of evaluation - as either an officer or perpetrator of a crime. The authors argue that
media images depicted in COPS are at odds with UCR official crime statistics and reinforce stereotypes
and myths about the nature of crime in the United States.
Culture, Violence and Rape Adjudication:
Reflections on the Zuma Rape Trial and Judgment
This paper offers contextualised reflections on the role of cultural arguments during the rape trial of
South Africa's former Deputy President, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. In conjunction with an analysis of
International and South African Law on violence against women, it establishes and applies a gender and
culture sensitive framework with which rape adjudication and other criminal law judgments can be examined.
Concerns of Minority and Marginalised Londoners
In the UK there is currently a lot of political and media attention on what has become known as
anti-social behaviour (ASB). Concerns about ASB appear to be higher in deprived and/or urban areas.
In particular, people living in London are more likely to suffer from ASB. There is undoubtedly real
ASB in London; however, this article argues that people will have different expectations of urban living
and use of public spaces, resulting in contested notions or tolerances of what is acceptable or anti-social
behaviour. This has implications for people’s acceptance of difference or ‘otherness’. With this in mind,
evidence is drawn from 10 focus groups with minority and marginalised Londoners. The article argues that
our beliefs and expectations of urban living need to be challenged as this is what urban living is all about.
Similarly, we should take on board the focus group participants’ assertion that all can be anti-social - rather
than focusing on certain groups that ‘don’t fit in’ and entrenching their social exclusion.
Police Administrators in Indiana:
A Descriptive Study of Attitudes, Perceptions, and Stressors
Surveys were sent to 308 police chiefs and sheriffs in Indiana in the USA - resulting
in 229 being returned for a response rate of 74%. The survey device measured six areas
of policing: 1) demographics of police executives; 2) departmental characteristics;
3) stressors (external); 4) stressors (internal/work-related); 5) police executive
attitudes toward the current use of police resources; and 6) police executive perceptions
of the efficacy of current police strategies and tactics. Results showed that Indiana
police departments and sheriff’s offices are mostly small departments with little turnover
and are rarely accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
(CALEA). Civilian Review Boards and Early Warning Systems are rarely used to address
police misconduct. Indiana departments are overwhelmingly white and male and attempts
to increase diversity have failed. Police executive stressors were highest in the area
of perceiving courts as too lenient, the criminal justice system as ineffective and
media reports about police as overly hostile. Similarly, they indicate significant
sources of stress in the areas of financial resources for the department, poor equipment,
and dealing with complaints about their officers. Chiefs and sheriffs indicate strong
support for the use of police resources for tracking sex offenders and enforcing drug laws.
Problem areas were identified in that police executives are not familiar with research on
policing. These misunderstandings result in stress on the part of police executives.
Areas of misunderstanding include the effectiveness of random patrol and enforcing
anti-marijuana laws. Policy implications are discussed.
Race, Diversity and Criminal Justice in Canada:
A view from the UK
This article examines the way in which those employed in the Canadian criminal justice system perceive race and
diversity, and how such perceptions could affect professional practice. By drawing on research carried out
under the Canadian High Commission Institutional Research Program, the paper has a number of purposes. Firstly,
to explore the possibility that disparities in the outcomes of courtroom proceedings could be related to the
perceptions and practices of those who play a key part in the sentencing process. Secondly, to examine the nature
of current anti-racist criminal justice practices in one province of Canada. Thirdly, the paper also makes
recommendations for the development of future antiracist training. Finally, the paper discusses the implications
of the findings with respect to developments in the British criminal justice system.
Black and Asian Police Officers and Support Staff: Prejudice, Identity, Agency and Social Cohesion
This primary research paper presents a review of research that finds that the British Government’s new social
cohesion agenda does hold promise for racial and ethnic prejudice reduction – but that social cohesion policies
and practice must include at their core policies to reduce institutional racism in British police services.
Analysis of the literature reveals that considerably more research is required to examine the precise nature and
dynamics of institutional racism within the police services. There is a need to understand how racism against
Black and minority ethnic (BME) police employees, and police racism against BME communities, influences social
cohesion. That this is important, given the British government’s current social cohesion policy agenda, is patently
clear. Considerably more research is about to be undertaken in this area by the authors of this paper and the
results will be published in the academic press, disseminated at conferences and presented in training programmes.
ISSUES IN CROSS-CULTURAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SURVEY RESEARCH:
A Case of U.S. and China Collaboration
There is a need to conduct rigorous cross-cultural criminal justice research. This paper presents
and discusses general methodological issues and specific operational techniques found in cross-cultural
research, particularly research on criminal justice issues. Collaborative research between nations
requires reliable and capable partners in each of the countries. Achieving equivalency of meaning
and comparability of responses from different countries is a difficult but essential task. While
no data analysis results are presented, our recent study examining attitudes on criminal justice
issues between Chinese and U.S. college students is used to illustrate the above and other salient
KILLING AS AN INITIATOR OF SELF-CHANGE:
A Symbolic Interactionist Comparison of the Etiology of Dennis Nilsen and Jeffrey Dahmer
Using the theories proposed within symbolic interactionism, and concentrating on Erving Goffman’s
work on the creation and presentation of the “self,” we explore how the killings of
Jeffrey Dahmer and Dennis Andrew Nilsen were engaged in as part of a process of the
killer seeking to become something or someone else. The killings, which resulted in
corpses that each man kept with him for a certain length of time, didn’t just satisfy
an immediate blood-lust in the two men, the killings, and the bodies of the dead men,
facilitated an imagined personal change from the men being shy and socially awkward to
being romantically and sexually accepted by other men (in the form of corpses) in a
Self-perceptions, Masculinity and Female Offenders by Victoria Herrington, Kings College, London and Claire Nee, University of Portsmouth
It is generally accepted that men commit more crime than women;
a statistic that has led many to look for an explanation for such disparity
between the sexes. One explanation has proposed that masculinity
and crime are inherently linked, and apparent increases in female
offending in recent years has led some to conclude that this must be the
result of women’s increased masculinity. Research aimed at identifying
this increase has generally been limited and has failed to yield consistent results.
This study utilised a self-perception measure of masculinity and femininity
to explore this idea with four groups of women.
Criminal Arrest Patterns of Client Entering and Exiting Community Substance Abuse Treatment in Lucas County, Ohio, USA by Lois Ventura and Eric Lambert, University of Toledo, USA
Research on drugs and crime typically examines the substance abuse histories of criminal
offenders. This study reverses the typical perspective by examining the criminal histories
of adult clients served through publicly funded and community based substance abuse
treatment agencies. The findings of this study showed that 64% of the clients entering
community substance abuse treatment had histories of arrests for violent and/or nonviolent
criminal crimes. In the year directly prior to treatment entry 27% of the clients had been
arrested. In the 12-months following discharge from treatment 25% of the clients were
arrested. While there was not a substantial difference in the percent of clients
arrested in the pre and post-treatment periods, there was a difference in the pattern
of arrests. The average number of arrests per client was reduced in most arrest
categories. These reductions attain statistical significant reduction in the case of
drug offenses. A logistic regression analysis showed that income, martial status
and arrest in the 12-months prior to treatment significantly affected the
likelihood of clients’ arrests in the post-treatment period.
Blurring Fame & Infamy: A Content Analysis of Cover-Story Trends in People Magazine by Jack Levin, James Alan Fox and James Mazaik, Northeastern University, USA
This article reports the results obtained in two studies of People magazine. Our results suggest that,
from 1974 to 1998, the cover themes of issues of People magazine shifted away from
celebrity careers to a preoccupation with the stars’ personal problems–illnesses, crime,
and family/sex issues. Over the decades, moreover, the basis for People celebrities
appearing in a cover story became decidedly more negative. During the early years,
most of the stars were on People’s cover because they had accomplished a virtuous objective.
More recently, however, the magazine heaped attention–perhaps inordinate attention–on the
“accomplishments” of rapists, child abusers, drug addicts, and murderers.
How Burglars and Shoplifters Sell Stolen Goods in Derby: Describing and Understanding the Local Illicit Markets by Mike Sutton, Nottingham Trent University
Derby Community Safety Partnership commissioned this report. The purpose of the report is to reveal the dynamics of
disposing of stolen goods in Derby, to inform the first crackdown stage of a Market Reduction Approach to theft in the city.
The report is based upon in depth interviews with 23 prolific thieves currently operating, or ex-offenders having recently operated,
in the Derby City area.
Reasons for Supporting and Opposing Capital Punishment in the USA: A Preliminary Study by Eric G. Lambert, and Alan Clarke (both at Utah Valley State College) and Janet Lambert
The death penalty is a controversial subject in our society.
Research has explored why people support or oppose capital punishment.
Most the literature to date looks at the reasons provided one at a time.
In this study, a multivariate analysis was conducted to see which reasons best explain the observed variation
of support and opposition for capital punishment. It was found that emotional retribution, emotional
opposition, morality, and law and order, were the only reasons which had statistically significant effects on
the degree of death penalty support among college students at a Midwestern university.
Other variables, such as fear of crime, religious measures, other punishment ideologies, and personal
characteristics (which earlier studies found statistically significant using bivariate analysis) were not
statistically significant in this study. The results suggest the need for greater attention to and more study of
death penalty attitudes using multivariate analysis.
Just Deserts: University Students' Inclination to Nullify the Law by Morris Jenkins and Bradene Moore, both at University of Toledo, USA
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