Reviews in Brief

This part of the site is intended to broaden the scope of our coverage, and to encourage contributions from students and practitioners. Reviews in brief will be approximately 500 words in length.  Books to be considered for review should have been published in the past two years.  For further guidance or to prepare a review for publication, please contact one of the co-editors:

James Finckenauer (Criminal Justice)
Stuart Green (Criminal Law)


Containing Addiction: The Federal Bureau Of Narcotics And The Origins Of America’s Global Drug War

Author: Matthew R. Pembleton
Publisher: Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2017. 336p.
Reviewer: Aileen Teague | October 2018

Crime, Media And Reality: Examining Mixed Messages About Crime And Justice In Popular Media

Authors: Venessa Garcia and Samantha G. Arkerson
Publisher: Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018. 173p.
Reviewer: Heather Anderson | October 2018

The Evolution Of The Juvenile Court: Race, Politics, And The Criminalizing Of Juvenile Justice

Author: Barry C. Feld
Publisher: New York, NY: New York University Press. 2017. 392p.
Reviewer: Chyna N. Crawford | October 2018

Presumption Of Innocence In Peril: A Comparative Critical Perspective

Author Name: Anthony Gray
Publisher: Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017. 208p.
Reviewer: Alyssa M. Clark | October 2018


Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes The Psychology And Politics Of Wrongful Convictions

Author; Mark Godsey
Publisher: Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2017. 254p.
Reviewer: Rick Sarre | July 2018

The Sex Offender Housing Dilemma: Community Activism, Safety, And Social Justice

Author: Monica Williams
Publisher: New York: New York University Press, 2018. 287p.
Reviewer: Richard Tewksbury | July 2018

Challenging Perspectives On Street-Based Sex Work

Editors: Katie Hail-Jares, Corey S. Shdaimah, and Chrysanthi S. Leon
Publisher: Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2017.  308p.
Reviewer:  Emily van der Meulen | July 2018

Capital And Convict: Race, Region, And Punishment In Post-Civil War America

Author: Henry Kamerling
Publisher: Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2017. 328p.
Reviewer: Vivien Miller | July 2018

Unusually Cruel: Prisons, Punishment, And The Real American Exceptionalism

Author: Marc Morjé Howard
Publisher: New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. 296p.
Reviewer: Robert Heynen

Crime Script Analysis: Preventing Crimes Against Business

Author: Harald Haelterman
Publisher: Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 276p.
Reviewer: Ben Stickle | July 2018


Murder On Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching Of Willie Peterson And The Struggle For Justice In Jim Crow Birmingham

Author: Melanie S. Morrison
Publisher: Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018. 288p.
Reviewer: Brent M. S. Campney | May 2018

Porous Borders: Multiracial Migrations And The Law In The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Author: Julian Lim
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2017. 320p.
Reviewer: Matthew Ward | May 2018

Confidential Informants: A Closer Look At Policy

Author: Jon Shane
Publisher: Cham, SWIT: Springer, 2016. 112p.
Reviewer: Lloyd Klein | May 2018

Sports Criminology: A Critical Criminology Of Sport And Games

Author: Groombridge, Nic
Publisher: Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2017.
Reviewer: Justin Kurland | May 2018

Bernie Madoff And The Crisis: The Public Trial Of Capitalism

Author: Colleen P. Eren
Publisher: Stanford, CA: Stanford Business Books, 2017. 210 p.
Reviewer: David Schultz | May 2018


Indigenous Criminology

Authors: Chris Cunneen and Juan Tauri
Publisher: Bristol, UK: Policy Press; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. 206p.
Reviewer: Jeremy Patzer | March 2018

Crimes Of Peace: Mediterranean Migration At The World’s Deadliest

Author: Maurizio Albahari
Publisher: Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. 288p.
Reviewer: Ines Hasselberg | March 2018

The Lived Sentence: Rethinking Sentencing, Risk And Rehabilitation

Author: Maggie Hall
Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2016. 294p.
Reviewer: Rick Sarre | March 2018

Dangerous Spaces: Beyond The Racial Profile

Author: D. Marvin Jones
Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2016. 244p.
Reviewer: John Liederbach  | March 2018

Global Lynching And Collective Violence, Volume 1: Asia, Africa, And The Middle East

Author:  Michael J. Pfeifer, editor.
Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2017. 228p.
Reviewer: Brandon T. Jett | March 2018

The Rise Of Extreme Porn: Legal And Criminological Perspectives On Extreme Pornography In England And Wales

Authors: Alexandros K Antoniou and Dimitris Akrivos
Publisher: Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 369p.
Reviewer: Clare McGlynn | March 2018

Breaking The Pendulum: The Long Struggle Over Criminal Justice

Authors: Philip Goodman, Joshua Page, and Michelle Phelps
Publisher: Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2017. 240p.
Reviewer: Ashley Appleby | March 2018


Seeing Life Through Private Eyes: Secrets From America’s Top Investigator To Living Safer, Smarter, And Saner

Author: Thomas G. Martin
Publisher: Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017. 180p.
Reviewers: Megan Travers and Brandon Dulisse | January 2018

In Search Of Safety: Confronting Inequality In Women’s Imprisonment

Authors: Barbara Owen, James Wells and Jocelyn Pollock
Publisher: Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2017. 280p.
Reviewer: Allison Monterrosa | January 2018

The Gang’s All Queer: The Lives Of Gay Gang Members

Author: Vanessa R. Panfil
Publisher: New York: New York University Press, 2017. 288p.
Reviewer: James C. Howell | January 2018

Radical Environmentalism: Nature, Identity And More-Than-Human Agency

Author: John Cianchi
Publisher: Baskingston, Oxon, UK: Palgrave, 2015, 163 p.
Reviewed by Michelle L. Lute | January 2018

Responding To Human Trafficking: Dispossession, Colonial Violence, And Resistance Among Indigenous And Racialized Women

Author: Julie Kaye
Publisher: Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2017. 180p.
Reviewer: Emily van der Meulen | January 2018

Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement On The Front Lines

Authors: Doris Marie Provine, Monica W. Varsanyi, Paul G. Lewis, and Scott H. Decker
Publisher: Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016. 206p.
Reviewer: Rosalyn Bocker Parks | January 2018

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