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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

Potential Partnerships: Progressive Criminology, Grassroots Organizations and Social Justice

Abstract

Criminologists around the globe are writing about the disproportionate criminalization of minority groups and – in the US in particular – about racial disproportionality in all aspects of the criminal justice system. This wealth of knowledge in progressive criminology rarely animates reform efforts: it has had little impact on formal policymaking, and has failed to animate the work of grassroots activists engaged in the fight for justice system reform. Yet given the increased criminalization of young people in poor communities – and the possibilities for change at this very moment – progressive criminological ideas have never been more important. We need to think about ways to make them public. Toward this end, this paper discusses possible partnerships between progressive criminology and social justice organizations struggling to transform the criminal justice system. While describing nine such groups, we detail a set of recommendations for bridging the gap between progressive criminology and social justice organizations.
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Pages:76 to 90
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Author Biographies

Florida International University 11200 SW 8th Street - PCA 256 Miami, FL 33199, USA
United States United States
Tim Goddard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. His research has focused on the governance of crime and youth offending via community-based interventions.
Old Dominion University 6018 Batten Arts and Letters Norfolk VA 23508, USA
United States United States
Randolph Myers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. His research explores various aspects of juvenile justice, drawing on qualitative data collected in locked facilities as well as the community.
Old Dominion University 6031 Batten Arts and Letters Norfolk VA 23529, USA
United States United States
Kaitlyn Robison is a doctoral student and instructor in the department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. Her interests lie broadly in the manifestations of inequality through punishment in terms of race, class, gender, and the intersections of each. She has specific interests in state supervision, school punishment, critical theory, and colorblind ideology.
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