Mission Statement: 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.
March 2019 Newsletter
March 2017 Newsletter
March 2016 Newsletter
January 2016 Newsletter
December 2014 Newsletter
February 2012 Newsletter
December 2012 Newsletter
Membership: To join the section, current ACJS members should send a request to the National Office at email@example.com to receive an invoice, which you can pay by check or credit card; Non-members first join ACJS by clicking here and add the Critical Criminal Justice Section as an option before you check-out and pay.
Section membership dues are $20 annually.
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 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 Carla Coates 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.
Past Award Recipients:
2013 Outstanding Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award - Dr. Claire M. Renzetti
2012 Outstanding Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award - Dr. Marty Schwartz
Chair: Carla Miller Coates,Hampton University
Vice-Chair: Leon T. Geter, Benedict College
Secretary/Treasurer: LaQue Thornton Perkins, St. Leo University
Executive Counselor: Moneque Walker-Pickett, St. Leo University
Executive Counselor: Anthony J. Coates, Master Police Officer
Immediate Past Chair - Michael Devalve, Bridgewater State University
Newsletter editors - Carla Miller Coates,Hampton University
Constitution and By-Laws:
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