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The new book by Center Director David Kennedy was released on September 27. Read an excerpt

Book Tour Details

September 29, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30 PM.  Greenlight Books, with John Seabrook of The New Yorker
October 3,  Seattle, WA, 7:30 PM. Town Hall
October 4, Oakland, CA, 7:00 PM. First Unitarian Church of Oakland, with Chief of Police Anthony Batts
October 6, Los Angeles, CA, 7:00 PM. Los Angeles Public Library, main branch, with Chief of Police Charlie Beck
October 10, Milwaukee, WI, 7:00 PM. Boswell Book Company, with Chief of Police Ed Flynn
October 11, Cincinnati, OH, 7:00 PM. Joseph Beth Books
October 12, Chicago, IL, 11:30 AM. Standard Club, with Superintendent of Police Garry McCarthy
October 13, Boston, MA, 6:30 PM. Ford Hall Forum, with Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts; Rev. Dr. Emmett Price III
October 17, Cambridge, MA, 7:00 PM. Harvard Bookstore
October 19, Washington, DC, 6:30 PM. Busboys and Poets
October 20, New York, NY, 6:00 PM. Barnes & Noble Tribeca
October 25, Minneapolis, MN, 7:00 PM. Minnesota Public Radio, Forum
November 15, Damariscotta, ME, Skidompha Public Library


 NYC Freedom Walk 2011 

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We are pleased to announce that Professor Suzanna Oboler of the John Jay College department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies and a distinguished member of The Center on Race, Crime and Justice's Advisory Board has been selected as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies.

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The Department of Criminology of the University of South Florida invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 7th, 2010. Applicants must possess or be working toward a Ph.D. in criminology, criminal justice, or a related discipline. ABDs will be considered, but must provide evidence that the Ph.D. will be in hand by time of appointment. Failure to complete the Ph.D. by the time of appointment will result in appointment at the rank of Instructor.

Area of specialization is open. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate an ability to make a solid contribution to the department’s doctoral program. Applicants should show a strong potential for research productivity, external funding, and teaching effectiveness. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary is competitive and negotiable.

The Department of Criminology offers degrees at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. levels. To learn more about the department, please visit our web site The position will be open until filled. The application review process will begin February 12, 2010. Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, representative samples of published work, evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), and three letters of recommendation either online

or to:

Dr. Michael J. Lynch
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Criminology
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave. SOC107
Tampa, FL 33620-8100

Candidates selected for interviews will be asked to provide an official transcript that verifies receipt of their highest degree. According to Florida law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public. For ADA accommodations, please contact Nadine Priester at 813-974-7197 or at least five working days prior to need. The University of South Florida is an AA/EEO institution.

Marc Mauer, Director of The Sentencing Project and RCJ Center Advisory Board Member, has a recent essay, "Two-Tiered Justice: Race, Class, and Crime Policy," that appears in a new volume, The Integration Debate, edited by Chester Hartman and Gregory Squires.

Mr. Mauer notes, ”My essay analyzes how the intersection of policy changes in criminal justice with the dynamics of a society that is still segregated in large part has produced a crisis of mass incarceration with profound effects for communities of color. In the drug war and other areas, the 'two-tiered' approach to public safety has emphasized treatment and public health strategies in communities with resources, while stressing punitive criminal justice initiatives in low-income neighborhoods. These policies have set in motion a vicious cycle whereby the failure to invest in communities leads to higher rates of incarceration, which in turn contribute to declining economic prospects.”

Professor Paul Butler, Co-Chair of the RCJ Center Advisory Board, is featured in a recent profile in Crisis Magazine.

ICOPA 13: Abolition, Reform and the Politics of Global Incarceration


23-25 June 2010

The 13th International Conference on Penal Abolition will be held in Belfast at a defining moment regarding the devolution of Policing and Justice to the recently constituted Northern Ireland Assembly. A decade on from the release of political prisoners under the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement, Northern Ireland’s prisons are under continuing criticism. We invite international papers, art, film, policy proposals, reports and posters on any aspect of the generic theme from researchers, activists, prisoners and former prisoners on penal abolition at a time dominated by reformist discourses about ‘healthy prisons’ alongside global expansion of incarceration in prisons, special hospitals and other places of detention. Individuals and groups can offer sessions/ panels in diverse formats. Current and former prisoners unable to attend, please contact us to enable presentations by proxy.

The Conference will be held at the University and in the community. We will provide a range of options for people to book directly with local hotels and hostels and endeavour to accommodate former prisoners.

ICOPA 13 will also acknowledge the life and work of Louk Hulsman who died in 2009:

“Abolition of criminal justice is that you abolish that in yourself, in the same way we are doing with racism and in the same way we are doing that with gender differences …You abolish criminal justice in yourself … Abolishing means that you will not anymore talk that language. And if you do not talk that language anymore then you see other things.”

Submission of Abstracts
Deaglan Coyle
0044 28 9097 3472

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Dr. Wilson R. Palacios, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida and Center on Race, Crime, and Justice Advisory Board Member, and Dr. Robert Heimer, Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health and Director of CIRA’s Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core, have been awarded a diversity research supplement from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The research seeks to explore and understand the influence of environment on HIV risk and transmission among suburban injection drug users (IDUs) residing in Connecticut.

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Join Medgar Evers College for a 3 ‐ day Criminal Justice Symposium, with a series of specially designed seminars to help professionals in various disciplines work more effectively with formerly incarcerated people and their families.

Seminars will be taught by Dr. Divine Pryor and Mr. Eddie Ellis, M.P.S., nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of criminal justice reform. Both have served on the National Re ‐ entry Policy Council for the Council of State Governors and numerous other national criminal justice boards. Mr. Ellis and Dr. Pryor serve as Executive and Deputy Executive Director, respectively, of the Center for Nu Leadership on Urban Solutions at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. Seminars are open to community or faith ‐ based service providers, law enforcement officers, social service workers, educators, government agency personnel, attorneys, students and others. Coffee and light morning refreshments served. Daily schedule 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Seminars run consecutively.

On June 30, 2009, the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice hosted the Power of One Racial Justice Awards.

Co-sponsored with the Department of African-American Studies, the Power of One Racial Justice Awards recognize individuals who have dared to take on issues related to race and the criminal justice system and made a difference in how justice is administered and/or called public attention to long standing race, crime and justice concerns that had gone under-addressed or unaddressed.

The 2009 recipients were:

The late Honorable Robert E. Francis, for the significant racial implications associated with his analysis and decision in the case of State v. Soto in New Jersey.

Celeste Fitzgerald, Program Director of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, for her remarkable work to abolish capital punishment in New Jersey.

Former New York Post reporter, Leonardo Blair, for risking his job to speak out against his personal treatment at the hands of the NYPD.

Click Here for information about each recipient.

Click Here for the Opening Remarks given by John Jay Provost Jane Bowers.

Click Here for the event announcement.

Click Here for Leonardo Blair's NYCLU video describing his encounter with the NYPD.

Click Here for Leonardo Blair's New York Post article.

ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science - Race, Crime, and Justice: Contexts and Complexities

May 2009, Volume 623, No. 1

Special editors: Lauren J. Krivo and Center on Race, Crime, and Justice Advisory Board Member Ruth D. Peterson

Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice

By Advisory Board Co-Chair Paul Butler
The New Press, 2009

Encyclopedia of Race and Crime

Ed. by Helen Taylor Greene, Advisory Board Member, and Shaun L. Gabbidon
Sage, 2009

Color of Crime (Second Edition): Racial Hoaxes, White Fear, Black Protectionism, Police Harassment, and Other Macroaggressions

By Katheryn Russell-Brown, Center on Race, Crime, and Justice Advisory Board Member
New York University Press, 2008






Summary of the New York City Bar Association forum titled "The New York Police Department's Stop and Frisk Policies: Are they Effective? Fair? Appropriate?" (March 9,2010)

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Race, Crime and Justice: A Fresh Look at Old Questions
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The Role of Critical Race Theory in Understanding Race, Crime, and Justice Issues
(Inaugural Colloquium delivered by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, University of Pittsburgh, School of Law)

And Justice for All? Assessing the Changing Climate for Criminal Justice Reform
2008 Annual Colloquium by Advisory Board Member Marc Mauer, Director,
The Sentencing Project

Congratulations to our 2009 Power of One Racial Justice Awards Recipients:

The late Honorable Robert E. Francis, Superior Court of New Jersey

Celeste Fitzgerald, Program Director of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Leonardo Blair, freelance journalist, formerly of the New York Post

Click Here to go to our Announcements page to read more about the Awards and recipients

Click Here to see photos from the Awards Luncheon