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)


Set The Night On Fire: L.A. In The Sixties

Authors: Mike Davis and Jon Wiener
Publisher: New York: Verso, 2020. 800p.
Reviewer: Andrew Baer | November 2020

Female Imprisonment: An Ethnography Of Everyday Life In Confinement

Author: Catarina Frois
Publisher: Cham, SWIT: Springer International – Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 231p.
Reviewer: G.S. Rekha | November 2020

Killing With Prejudice: Institutionalized Racism In American Capital Punishment

Author: R.J. Maratea
Publisher: New York: New York University Press, 2019. 233p.
Reviewer: Margaret Vandiver | November 2020

The Last Pirate Of New York: A Ghost Ship, A Killer, And The Birth Of A Gangster Nation

Author: Rich Cohen
Publisher: New York: Spiegel & Grau, A Division of Penguin Random House, 2019. 256p.
Reviewer: Kevin Cassidy | November 2020

Le Boogie Woogie – Inside An After-Hours Club

Author: Terry Williams
Publisher: New York: Columbia University Press, 2020. 304p.
Reviewer: Kim Moeller | November 2020

The Woman On The Windowsill: A Tale Of Mystery In Several Parts

Author: Sylvia Sellers-García
Publisher: New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2020. 281p.
Reviewer: Victor M. Uribe-Uran | November 2020


New Perspectives On Prison Masculinities

Editors: Matthew Maycock and Kate Hunt
Publisher: Cham, SWIT: Palgrave, 2018. 343p.
Reviewers: Rosemary Ricciardelli and Navjotpal Kaur | September 2020

The Discourse Of Police Interviews

Editors: Marianne Mason and Frances Rock
Publisher: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. 336p.
Reviewer: Kevin Cassidy | September 2020

The Hacker And The State: Cyber Attacks And The New Normal Of Geopolitics

Author: Ben Buchanan
Publisher: Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020. 432p.
Reviewer: Kevin Cassidy | September 2020

Killing Times: The Temporal Technology Of The Death Penalty

Author: David Wills
Publisher: New York: Fordham University Press, 2019. 252p.
Reviewer: Mary Welek Atwell | September 2020

The Forest City Killer: A Serial Murderer, A Cold-Case Sleuth, And A Search For Justice

Author: Vanessa Brown
Publisher: Toronto: ECW Press, 2019. 360p.
Reviewer: Mike Farris | September 2020


No Place On The Corner: The Costs Of Aggressive Policing

Author: Haldipur, Jan
Publisher: New York: New York University Press, 2019. 199p.
Reviewer: David Schultz │ July 2020

Global Forensic Cultures: Making Fact And Justice In The Modern Era

Editors: Ian Burney and Christopher Hamlin
Publisher: Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. 357p.
Reviewer: Frank Crispino │ July 2020

The Rise and Fall Of The Rehabilitative Ideal, 1895-1970

Author: Victor Bailey
Publisher: London: Routledge, 2019. 550p.
Reviewer: David Wilson │ July 2020

Punishment and Citizenship: A Theory Of Criminal Disenfranchisement

Author: Milena Tripkovic
Publisher: New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. 180p.
Reviewer: David Schultz │ July 2020

China’s Commercial Sexscapes: Rethinking Intimacy, Masculinity, And Criminal Justice

Author: Eileen Yuk-ha Tsang
Publisher: Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019. 179p.
Reviewer: Tiantian Zheng │ July 2020

Protecting Animals Within and Across Borders: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and Challenges Of Globalization

Author: Blattner, Charlotte E.
Publisher: Oxford, UK: New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. 520p.
Reviewer: Margo De Mello │ July 2020

Drug Warrior: Inside The Hunt For El Chapo and The Rise Of America’s Opioid Crisis

Publisher: New York: Hachette Books, 2019. 272p.
Reviewer: Frederick T. Martens | July 2020

Competing For Control: Gangs and The Social Order Of Prisons

Authors: David C. Pyrooz and Scott H. Decker
Publisher: New York:Cambridge University Press, 2019. 312p.
Reviewer: Kerryn E. Bell | July 2020


Conviviality And Survival: Co-Producing Brazilian Prison Order

Author: Sacha Darke
Publisher: Cham, SWIT: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 358p.
Reviewer: Bárbara Barraza Uribe | March 2020

Climate Change Criminology

Author: Rob White
Publisher: Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press, 2018. 192p.
Reviewers: Tariro Mutongwizo and Cameron Holley | March 2020

Banned: Immigration Enforcement In The Time Of Trump

Author: Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia
Publisher: New York: New York University Press, 2019. 216p.
Reviewer: Kevin Cassidy | March 2020

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