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)


Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago From Red Summer To Black Power

Author: Simon Balto
Publisher: Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2019. 360p.
Reviewer: Michael Flamm | September 2019

The Taming Of New York’s Washington Square: A Wild Civility

Author: Erich Goode
Publisher: New York, NY: New York University Press, 2018. 297p.
Reviewer: Gerald W. McFarland | September 2019

Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs And Street Gangs: Scheming Legality, Resisting Criminalization

Authors: Tereza Kuldova and Martin Sanchez-Jankowski
Publisher: Cham, SWIT: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 234p.
Reviewer: James C. Howell | September 2019

The Politicization Of Safety: Critical Perspectives On Domestic Violence Responses

Author: Stoever, Jane K.
Publisher: New York, NY: New York University Press, 2019. 410p.
Reviewer: Amber L. Morczek | September 2019

Mafia Organizations: The Visible Hand Of Criminal Enterprise

Author: Maurizio Catino
Publisher: Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 356p.
Reviewer: Baris Cayli | September 2019

China’s War On Smuggling: Law, Economic Life, And The Making Of The Modern State, 1842-1965

Author: Philip Thai
Publisher: New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. 408p.
Reviewer: Qingfei Yin | September 2019

How Outlaws Win Friends And Influence People

Author: Tereza Kuldova
Publisher: Cham, SWIT: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 214p.
Reviewer: Kevin Cassidy | September 2019


American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into The Business Of Punishment

Author: Shane Bauer
Publisher: New York: Penguin Press, 2018. 368p.
Reviewer: Brett C. Burkhardt | July 2019

Convicted And Condemned: The Politics And Policies Of Prisoner Reentry

Author: Keesha M. Middlemass
Publisher: New York: New York University Press, 2017. 288p.
Reviewer: Bryan L. Sykes | July 2019

Drug Policy And The Criminal Justice System

Author: Nancy E. Marion
Publisher: Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2018. 397p.
Reviewer: Sheryl L. Van Horne | July 2019

Organized Crime And Illicit Trade: How To Respond To This Strategic Challence In Old And New Domains

Editor: Virgina Comolli
Publisher: Cham, SWIT: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 143p.
Reviewer: Stefano Caneppele | July 2019

Poaching And Militancy: The Asian Elephant Under Siege

Author: Binoy Kumar Behera
Publisher: Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press 2018. 156p.
Reviewer: Jessica Bell Rizzolo | July 2019

Threshold: Emergency Responders On The U.S.-Mexico Border

Author: Ieva Jusiontye
Publisher: Oakland: University of California Press, 2018. 296p.
Reviewer: Howard Campbell | July 2019

Timber Trafficking In Vietnam: Crime, Security And The Environment

Author: Ngoc Anh Cao
Publisher: London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 393p.
Reviewer: Lorraine Elliott | July 2019

Understanding Sex For Sale: Meanings And Moralities Of Sexual Commerce

Editors: May-Len Skilbrei and Marlene Spanger
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge. 2019. 232p.
Reviewer: Howard Campbell | July 2019

Youth Who Trade Sex In The U.S.: Intersectionality, Agency, And Vulnerability

Author: Carisa R. Showden
Publisher: Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2018. 248p.
Reviewer: Emily van der Meulen | July 2019


Demystifying The Big House: Exploring Prison Experience And Media Representations

Editor: Katherine A Foss
Publisher: Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2018. 366p.
Reviewer: Suzanne Bouclin | March 2019

Wildlife Crime: From Theory To Practice

Editor: William D. Moreto
Publisher: Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2018. 330p.
Reviewer: Monique C. Sosnowski | March 2019

The Soul Of The First Amendment

Author: Floyd Abrams
Publisher: New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017. 145 p.
Reviewer: David Schultz | March 2019

Becoming Strong: Impoverished Women And The Struggle To Overcome Violence

Authors: Laura Huey and Ryan Broll
Publisher: Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018.
Reviewer: Richard Tewksbury | March 2019

The Politics Of Drug Violence: Criminals, Cops, And Politicians In Colombia And Mexico

Author: Angélica Durán-Martínez
Publisher: New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. 328p.
Reviewers: Melody Hicks & Ben Stickle | March 2019


Comparative Criminology In Asia

Editors: Jianhong Liu, Max Travers, and Lennon Y.C. Chang
Publisher: Cham, SWIT: Springer International Publishing, 2017. 206p.
Reviewer: Peter Grabosky | January 2019

Dilemma Of Duties: The Conflicted Role Of Juvenile Defenders

Author: Anne M. Corbin
Publisher: Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2018. 240p.
Reviewer: Tim Curry | January 2019

Italy Beyond Gomorrah – Roberto Saviano And Transmedia Disruption

Author: Floriana Bernardi
Publisher: Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017. 136p.
Reviewer: Anna Di Ronco | January 2019

Contraband Corridor: Making A Living At The Mexico-Guatemala Border

Author: Rebecca Berke Galemba
Publisher: Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 2018. 320p.
Reviewer: Howard Campbell | January 2019

Chokehold: Policing Black Men

Author: Paul Butler
Publisher: New York: The New Press, 2017. 256p.
Reviewer: Mary Kelly Tate | January 2019

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