The Critical Criminal Justice Section promotes empirical and theoretical work on the ways in which the history, political economy, and ideology of ethnicity, race, class and gender impact, and are impacted by, crime and our reaction to crime. We strive to cultivate scholarly dialogue about critical issues associated with the criminal justice system, trends in crime control policy, and the notion of justice, using critical academic lenses. As such, the Section encourages creative thinking, research, and theorizing not only about the why of crime but, also, the why of criminal justice and crime control.
Member Benefits: Members are invited to attend the annual reception hosted by the Section in conjunction with the annual meeting of ACJS.
Members receive the electronic bi-annual newsletter and are encouraged to use that forum as an exchange of ideas among the membership.
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Membership: Annual dues are $20.00 and the best way to handle paying these dues is to include a payment for membership to the Section when you pay your annual dues to ACJS. Otherwise, to join the Critical Criminal Justice Section, Cathy Barth at email@example.com. Please note that members will be dropped by ACJS if annual dues are not paid in January of each year! If this occurs, membership in the Section will also be discontinued.
Staying in touch with the section: If you change institutions or email address, please be sure to update your member profile with the new information.
Section News: Call for logo creation competition - The Critical Criminal Justice Section is in need of a logo reflecting our overall mission. Please see our mission statement and consider entering something for this competition. The award winner will receive a $30 gift card to Amazon.com and get his/her name published in our newsletter and on our website. Send all questions and artwork to Dr. Barbara Sims, Chair of the Section, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. This competition will begin April 1, 2013 and will close once an award has been given.
Barbara Sims has retired as Professor Emeritus from Penn State Harrisburg and is now Professor and Coordinator of Criminal Justice for Mars Hill College in Asheville, NC. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Stacy Moak was promoted to the rank of Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she serves as Coordinator of the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Program.
Call for newsletter submissions: Contributions are welcomed from the membership. New members as well as student members are especially encouraged to use the newsletter for posting their thoughts in the area of critical criminal justice. Please send all contributions to Josh Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section Awards: The Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award honors a person for distinguished accomplishments that represent issues related to critical criminal justice through scholarship, teaching, or service across the most recent two-year period. Nominees for this award need not be a member of ACJS or the Critical Criminal Justice Section at the time of the nomination. It is expected, however, that award winners will, upon notification of having been selected for the award, become a member of ACJS and a member of the Critical Criminal Justice Section He or she should provide evidence of quality scholarship (primarily through publications in quality outlets), excellence teaching on matters that symbolize critical criminal justice, or service/outreach to the community or academy that has had a direct impact on local citizens, criminal justice agencies, etc. Thus, this award is broad in scope such that nominees can have engaged in critical criminal justice scholarship, teaching, or service. Winners of this award will be recognized at the Section meeting each year (attached to the ACJS annual meeting), will receive a plaque and all efforts will be made to sufficiently showcase the work of winners (e.g. in the Section newsletter, posted on its website, etc.).
The Critical Criminal Justice Section’s Outstanding Student Paper Award provides recognition of a student (either undergraduate or graduate) who produces an outstanding paper on an issue associated with critical criminal justice and to provide the award winner with a travel stipend intended to be used for attending and presenting at the annual meeting of ACJS. A student who is nominated for the paper competition need not be an ACJS member at the time of the nomination. It is expected, however, that award winners will, upon notification of having been selected for the award, become a member of ACJS and a member of the Critical Criminal Justice Section. The student must also be enrolled in an institution of higher learning at the time he or she submits a paper for consideration. It is recognized that a student could graduate prior to the time of the award or the next annual meeting where the paper will be presented. In order to receive the award and the travel stipend (see below), the student must be present at the annual meeting and actually present the winning paper. The paper can be co-authored with other students, but cannot be co-authored with a faculty member. If the paper has multiple authors, the winners will share the established travel stipend.
For more information on the Critical Criminal Justice Section’s Outstanding Student Paper Award, click here.
2013 Outstanding Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award - Dr. Claire M. Renzetti
We are honored to be presenting the 2nd annual Outstanding Scholar Award for the Critical Criminal Justice Section of ACJS to Dr. Claire M. Renzetti. This award honors a person for distinguished accomplishments related to critical criminal justice through scholarship, teaching, or service across the last two years. Dr. Renzetti certainly fits this bill. This year, alone, she has published a book on Feminist Criminology, co-edited two books (one on crime and gender studies and another on clergy sexual abuse) and has two books forthcoming (a revised edition of her co-authored book on Theories of Crime and an edited book on inequality and diversity). Moreover, she is currently working on several projects related to human trafficking and violence against women. Beyond her outstanding record of scholarship, we also recognize Dr. Renzetti for her stellar record of service and teaching and for bringing a critical criminal justice perspective to her numerous associated roles. Dr. Renzetti teaches a variety of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, incorporating a feminist intersectionality perspective in all of her classes. She also mentors graduate students outside her own university by conducting publishing workshops at universities around the country. Dr. Renzetti is currently on the editorial or advisory board of seven journals or book series including Criminology, Feminist Criminology, and Critical Criminology. Finally, Dr. Renzetti epitomizes critical civic engagement through her work with groups such as Sociologists for Women in Society, the Institute for Violence Research and Prevention, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.
Though this award ostensibly is for work over the last 2 years, we would be remiss if we did not recognize Dr. Renzetti for her lifetime of accomplishments associated with critical criminal justice. She has written or co-authored over 20 books, collections and textbooks, 2 special journal issues, 17 book chapters and several dozen journal articles. Much of this work has focused on issues of social justice such as the marginalization of women and lesbians, domestic sex trafficking victims, domestic violence, and women living in poverty. She is also the founding editor of the journal Violence Against Women which under her guidance has become a top journal in the fields of Criminal Justice, Women's Studies and Violence.
In short, over the course of her career, Dr. Renzetti has embodied the ideals that characterize critical criminal justice. What is perhaps most important and impressive is that her work has had impact, affecting critical consciousness and social change. Whether through her voluminous publications, which are widely read and respected at a variety of levels, or through her critically engaged teaching and service, Dr. Renzetti's work is far-reaching in its contributions to critical criminal justice. For these reasons, it is a true honor to present the 2013 Outstanding Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award to Dr. Claire Renzetti.
2012 Outstanding Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award - Dr. Marty Schwartz
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