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:

Colleen Berryessa (Criminal Justice)

Robin Charlow (Hofstra Law School)

Brenner M. Fissell (Villanova Law School))


MS-13: The Making of America’s Most Notorious Gang

Author: Steven Dudley
Publisher: Hanover Square Press, 2020. 352 pages.
Reviewer: Jonathan D. Rosen ǀ March 2022

Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy

Author: Talia Lavin
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 2021. 288 pages.
Reviewer: Matthew Valasik ǀ March 2022

Conflict and Transnational Crime: Borders, Bullets and Business in Southeast Asia

Author: Florian Weigand
Publisher: Edward Elgar, 2020. 176 pages.
Reviewer: Neil Boister ǀ March 2022

Women, Film, and Law: Cinematic Representations of Female Incarceration

Author: Suzanne Bouclin
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press, 2021. 226 pages.
Reviewer: Mark Bernhardt ǀ March 2022

Drug Smuggler Nation: Narcotics and the Netherlands, 1920-1995

Author: Stephen Snelders
Publisher: Manchester University Press, 2021. 304 pages.
Reviewer: Paul Gootenberg ǀ March 2022

Porn Work: Sex, Labor, and Late Capitalism

Author: Heather Berg
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press, 2021. 256 pages.
Reviewer: Dean Fido ǀ March 2022

The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge, And the Phoenix Park Murders that Stunned Victorian England

Author: Julie Kavanagh
Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2021. 416 pages.
Reviewer: Brian Griffin ǀ March 2022

Autopsy of a Crime Lab: Exposing the Flaws in Forensics

Author: Brandon L. Garrett
Publisher: University of California Press, 2021. 264 pages.
Reviewer: Colleen M. Berryessa ǀ March 2022


Separated: Family And Community In The Aftermath Of An Immigration Raid

Author: William D. Lopez
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. 232 pages.
Reviewer: Charles Oberg ǀ January 2022

Police-Related Deaths In The United States

Author: David Baker
Publisher: Lexington Books, 2021. 154 pages.
Reviewer: Kevin Cassidy ǀ January 2022

Disruptive Prisoners: Resistance, Reform, And The New Deal

Authors: Chris Clarkson and Melissa Munn
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, 2021. 320 pages.
Reviewer: James Gacek ǀ January 2022

Debauched, Desperate, Deranged: Women Who Killed, London 1674–1913

Author: Carolyn A. Conley
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2020. 240p.
Reviewer: Katherine D. Watson ǀ January 2022

Blood Red Lines: How Nativism Fuels The Right

Author: Brendan O’Connor
Publisher: Haymarket Books, 2021. 323 pages.
Reviewer: David Schultz ǀ January 2022

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