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Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency

Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency

eISSN: 1552731X | ISSN: 00224278 | Current volume: 61 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (JRCD), peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, offers empirical articles and special issues to keep you up to date on contemporary issues and controversies in the study of crime and criminal-legal system responses. For more than sixty years, the journal has published work engaging a range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to advance understanding of crime and violence, victimization, and criminalization processes and their implications for individuals, the criminal-legal system, and communities. 

For over 60 years, this international forum has advanced research in criminology and criminal justice. Through articles and special issues, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency continues to keep you up to date on issues and controversies framing contemporary understandings of crime and criminal-legal system responses. 

Research and Analysis
The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency presents a wide range of research and analysis in the field of criminology. You’ll find research on the social, political, and economic contexts of crime and criminal legal system responses. The journal publishes work that engages a range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to advance understanding of crime and violence, victimization, and criminalization processes and their implications for individuals, the criminal-legal system, and communities.

Comprehensive Coverage 
To advance the field of criminology the journal provides a forum that is informed by the range of academic disciplines and fields of practice that contribute to the science of criminology. Among the perspectives you’ll find represented in the journal are: 

  • criminology 
  • criminal justice/administration 
  • courts 
  • corrections 
  • crime prevention 
  • crime science 
  • gender studies
  • economics 
  • geography 
  • police and policing
  • political science 
  • psychology 
  • race and ethnic studies
  • sociology
Lisa Broidy University of New Mexico, USA
Lorine Hughes University of Colorado Denver, USA
Associate Editors
Laura Dugan Ohio State University, USA
Carter Hay Florida State University, USA
Christopher Lyons University of New Mexico, USA
Jean M. McGloin University of Maryland, USA
Christopher Sullivan University of Missouri - St. Louis, USA
Editorial Board
Olena Antonaccio University of Miami, USA
Megan Augustyn Florida State University, USA
Timothy Barnum Max-Planck Insititute, Germany
Bianca Bersani University of Maryland, USA
Ekaterina Botchkovar Northeastern University, USA
Anthony A. Braga University of Pennsylvania, USA
Robert Brame University of Maryland, USA
Daniel Butler Iowa State University, USA
Kristina Childs Fisher University of Central Florida, USA
Jennifer Cobbina-Dungy Michigan State University, USA
Stacy DeCoster North Carolina State University, USA
Megan Denver Northeastern University, USA
Rebecca Dunlea University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Emma Fridel Florida State University, USA
Amanda Geller University of California Irvine, USA
Elizabeth Groff National Institute of Justice, USA
Cory Haberman University of Cincinnati, USA
Andrew Hochstetler Iowa State University, USA
Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich Michigan State University, USA
Shane D. Johnson University College, London, UK
Peter Lehmann Sam Houston State University, USA
Andrea Leverentz North Carolina State University, USA
Cynthia Lum George Mason University, USA
Ojmarrh Mitchell University of California Irvine, USA
Fawn Ngo University of South Florida, USA
Justin Nix University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA
Ráchael Powers University of South Florida, USA
David C. Pyrooz University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Daniel Ragan University of New Mexico, USA
Michael D. Reisig Arizona State University, USA
Lee Ann Slocum University of Missouri - St. Louis, USA
Sarah Tahamont University of Maryland, USA
Kyle Thomas University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Jillian Turanovic University of Colorado, USA
Rebecca Wickes Griffith University, Australia
Pamela Wilcox Pennsylvania State University, USA
Dale Willits Washington State University, USA
John Wooldredge University of Cincinnati, USA
Emily Wright Urban Institute, USA
Min Xie University of Maryland, USA
Managing Editor
Libby Vigil University of New Mexico, USA
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