Crime, Criminology and Law Links on the Web
- Justice through art. This ebook was made possible by the Rockefeller Foundation, Columbia University, and Penland School of Crafts.
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander's new book. This link takes you to a video of her discussing the book.
- See the latest policy decisions by the California legislature on the prison crisis at http://www.sonoma.edu/cja/info/default.shtml. The answer: build more prison space!
- Your Rights, Your Future: Preparing for Reentry
- The Vera Institute's section on Sentencing and Corrections.
- Alcatraz Island. From the online museum.
- Photos of San Quentin from the Heritage Collection, dated 1925-1935. See what San Quentin was like in the not-so-old days. You don't have to wonder why it's falling apart today. There are 355 photos, including
- a quarry guard and inmates
- The tailor shop
- Open air lavatories
- and much, much more (e.g., track and field, photos of guard homes and kids as they were being used, etc.)
- American Jail Association Home Page
- Bureau of Justice Statistics: Correctionsv. Extensive information, and in a variety of forms, about offenders and the punishment system.
- The California Correctional Peace Officers Association [CCPOA]. This is one of the most powerful unions in California and a past supporter of three strikes and similar legislation. Given that three strikes legislation has had dramatic short-term and large anticipated long-term effects on prison population sizes it is easy to see CCPOA's self-interest in three strikes.
- California Department of Corrections Information Network. For the family of inmates in California prisons.
- California Prison Focus. See their Bay Area Prison links.
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
This is the largest correctional agency in the U.S.--recently renamed. The site currently includes:
- Adult Operations and Adult Programs.
- Adult Parole
- The Corrections Standards Authority, formerly the Board of Corrections, which sets standards in the State.
- Prison Industry Authority. This agency employs CDC inmates.
- Juvenile Justice Division (formerly the California Youth Authority the State's disposition for youthful offenders ("wards", unless that name has been changed too). These names and links come and go a lot now as things are reorganized, renamed, etc.
- The Corrections Connection Network. This extensive site provides links to the growth areas of corrections and seems to have an applied cast.
- The Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons has released Confronting Confinement, a critical evaluation of the world's largest prison system--the U.S. They have issued numerous reports and others are forthcoming. Download the lengthy report at this link.
- Correctional Education Connections. A site on reducing crime through educating inmates and other matters. The author is among those of us who have taught prison inmates.
- Here are articles about the world-famous Delancey Street, which you can reach by mail at 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107. Founder/manager Mimi Silbert has also received an award from the Western Society of Criminology. The articles:
- Groups that Change Communities: Delancey Street
- Mimi Silbert: Delancey Street Dynamo: Her Recipe for Success
- Families to Amend California's 3-Strikes. A group devoted to criticism and change of the California's three strikes law.
- The Family and Corrections Network--their latest effort to inform, support and empower families of offenders and their supporters.
- The Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Friends Outside, a national organization.
- Global Bibliography of Prison Systems, Version 1.0 in html; it is also available in PDF and Zip versions. This was Philip Reichel's sabbatical project, and a useful one for people who want to know all about international prison systems. This version has a thirty-two item subject guide. All of this is supposed to be updated too!
- Gulag: Soviet Forced Labor Camps and the Struggle for Freedom
- Health and Prisoner Reentry: How Physical, Mental, and Substance Abuse Conditions Shape the Process of Reintegration. Take this press release link to the actual study. From the Urban Institute.
- Some references on the impact of prisons on local crime levels is here.
- The Innocence Project. All about the exoneration of convicted offenders. They note that "This Project only handles cases where postconviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence." This project has inspired an entire movement to find errors in criminal justice and make meaningful change in a system designed to make mistakes. Many cases of false conviction are not included in the Innocence Project, such as the March 21, 2006 release of Gregory Wallis after he spent 18 years in a Texas prison.
- International Centre for Prison Studies.
- National Center on Institutions and Alternatives. "The mission of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) is to help create a society in which all persons who come into contact with human service or correctional systems are provided an environment of individual care, concern and treatment."
- Pelican Bay Prison Project. Information for sharing about California's super-max prison.
- Correction Strategies: The Implementation of Prison Privatization.
- Public Safety Research: Prison Population. As states go broke they persist in a policy of mass incarceration, but some states are bucking the trend.
- Prison and Jail Inmates, by year.The latest statistics on the number of people in custody.
- Prison Resources and Links.
- The Prison Law Office. The center of a good deal of litigation regarding prisoner's rights in California.
- Prisoners' Rights, from the Cornell University site.
- Prison Scene, photo essay by Herman Krieger, includes photos of prisons in America. There are a few familiar ones from California--San Quentin, Vacaville, etc.
- The Re-Entry Policy Council, located in Washington, D.C. This is an extremely helpful web site on parole re-entry. Try these links:
- Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China
- The Sentencing Project. A very good source of data about national and international incarceration trends and related matters, with a critical edge.
- Smart sentencing. One judge's view.
- Sonoma County's official Friends Outside. A brief description of their program is described in the Sonoma County Profile. Friends Outside provides institutional and post-institutional help for accused or convicted offenders.
- Just Detention International (Stop Prisoner Rape, Inc.) A much needed and comprehensive web site dealing with sex abuse of all kinds in custody.
- The Stanford Prison Experiment. An overview of this famous experiment, with clips from selected portions of the experiment, voice over, and an order form.
- Mortality in Local Jails 2000-2007. for the U.S.
- Visit SuperCell, our crime control superhero!
- SUPERMAXED.COM. "An informational and educational Website about Supermax and Maximum Security Prisons."
- Virtual SHU. An "inside" look at Pelican Bay Prison.
- International Centre for Prison Studies, A Human Rights Approach to Prison Management. Handbook for prison staff. Second Edition. A gift to the world. Those who imprison must read and heed.
- World Prison Brief. Enjoy clicking the colorful map. Pick your country and learn who around the world is locking up more or less people in prisons. According to the 8th edition of this report, the U.S. has the highest prison rate in the world but other countries aren't flocking here to learn how to emulate us.
collection on prison issues
Violence,Terrorism and Organized Crime
Developments in the areas of terrorism, violence and militias have increased in recent years, especially since 9/11, and before that the Oklahoma bombing, unresolved questions surrounding the explosion and crash of Flight 800 and sustained abortion clinic bombings. These links, and those found within them, may be helpful in understanding and interpreting these instances of violence. Is this the beginning of a tornado of violence that is about to befall the US or a continuation of past patterns of violence and terrorism?
- TRAC reports on Terrorism. This is a great site that tracks federal expenditures and resources on federal law enforcement.
- Country Reports on Terrorism 2008 As noted on this page, "U.S. law requires the Secretary of State to provide Congress, by April 30 of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism. Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism."
- Global War Against Terrorism. The latest assessment of the war on terrorism from the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments. The highwater mark was 2003.
- Trac's Criminal Enforcement Against Terrorism, a report on the vigorousness with which law enforcement has approached terrorism before and after Sept. 11. There are some important statistics to learn there.
- RAND: Homeland Security. The RAND Corporation's page on homeland security. The publication entitled, "Evaluating the Viability of 100 Percent Container Inspection at America's Ports," is supposed to be eye-opening but we haven't read it.
- National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. A memorial web site on the causes and effects of terrorism, and much more, including a virtual library with pretty extensive holdings, calendar of events, and a variety of useful information.
- The Memory Project. An impressive collection of materials (audio, visual, text, etc.) devoted to the memory of 9/11.
- After September 11: Perspectives from the Social Sciences. An updated collection of writings on terrorism in the wake of Sept. 11.
- The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, a wide range of materials.
- Patterns of Global Terrorism, from the Secretary of State.
- Political Terrorism Database
- Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), of the U.S. Department of State, created in 1985 to "foster the exchange of security related information between the U.S. Government and American private sector operating abroad. Administered by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, OSAC has developed into an enormously successful joint venture for effective security cooperation. Through OSAC, the American private sector, including colleges and universities, is provided timely information on which to make informed corporate decisions on how best to protect their investment, facilities, personnel and intellectual property abroad."
- Organized Crime and Corruption Bibliographic Database
- Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption
- United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. There's information about a related conference available here as well.
- The Terrorist Profile Weekly
- Terrorism Research Center
- Emma's Domain contains numerous articles, links, etc. on terrorism, profiling, and related topics.
- One of the most persistent and serious American terrorist problems surrounds the bombing and arson of abortion clinics. Here are the latest statistics from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' website on the number of bomb and arson attacks on abortion clinics over time.
- Nuclear Explosions Database. Geoscience Australia allows you to query their database of nuclear explosions from explosions around the world since 1945. We're not sure it belongs on this page but it could be helpful for those looking for patterns.
- Selected Works on Tyranny, which contains links to classic works on the topic.
- Militia Watch
- Other information on militias
- Here is information about the Montana Freemen
- Terrorist Group Index
- Covert Action Quarterly, an interesting looking journal.
- The World Wide Web of Terrorism.
- Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
- This is a selection from a book dealing with Combatting Terrorism.
- Terrorism and China. From the Hoover Institute. Go to National Security & Defense and then to "terrorism."
- Five chapters from Raddai Raikhlin, Civil War, Terrorism and Gangs: The System of Sociology and Social Dynamics.
- Yahoo's resources on serial killers has links that fall into this category.
- John Hagedorn's
Research On-Line. This
is an important and helpful important web site about gangs, young and old. The
message here is fundamental and powerful. The site reviews gang research, popular media about gangs, gangs around the world, and related matters. Good job, John!
One way to look at the site is through its Gangs by the Letters index. Another is to begin with basics, like how do you define a gang?
The Holocaust and Genocide (and Eugenics)
- Making Sense of Darfur. A blog from the Social Science Research Council (U.S.).
- The Holocaust: A Tragic Legacy. This is a dazzling and award-winning web site that was created by a young Sonoma County student. The site incorporates a multimedia presentation on the holocaust (into which I would also include genocide). There is a wealth of information here, some obtained through Sonoma State University's Holocaust Studies Center, ranging from photos and sound files (e.g., interviews with survivors) to plenty of hypertext links to related sites and information.
- A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust. This well-done site contains teaching related materials as well.
- Cybrary of the Holocaust
- Eugenics Archive. Reproductive war with the lower class, justified with Darwinism and other ideologies. This issue is still very much alive.
- Nizkor Project
- SSU's Holocaust Lecture Series in streaming video. Way cool, all for you!
- Polish Center for Holocaust Research: Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Science
- The Lost Art Internet Database. This site includes goods stolen or transported due to persecution or National Socialism. Sponsored by Germany and its states.
Someone once wrote that arson is the most neglected crime on earth; practice suggests that it is still neglected although the implied comparison might be questioned. See some of the above links under terrorism that deal with arson. In recent years there has been more attention to arson on the web, which is welcome.
The neglect of arson is reflected in the slow appearance of arson links on most web pages dealing with crime. Many of the links below deal with fire suppression or control. This is inevitable given the close relationship between suppression, control and determination of intentionally set fires.
- National Fire Protection Association
- interFIRE. A rich resource.
- International Fire Service Training Association
- National Center for Forensic Sciences
- Forensic Science Sources: Arson Investigation
- Western States Fire Information Resource
- Department of Justice, Fire and Arson Scene Evidence, for free in pdf or text. The first of the big two manuals for fire investigators.
- User's Manual for NFPA 921. The second of the two big rulebooks for arson investigators. You have to pay for it.
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). See their Arson and Explosives page in particular.
- FBI (search arson).
- National Interagency Fire Center. Wildland fires.
- California State Fire Marshall
- National Association of State Fire Marshals
- California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
- National Association of State Foresters
- International Association of Wildland Fire
- FireNet International - Germany (in english)
- International Association of Arson Investigators
- The London Professional Fire Fighter's Association.
- Fire Safe -- Fire and Safety Resource Directory
- National Volunteer Fire Council
- National Fire Sprinkler Association (continued on next page)
Government Agencies: Federal, State & Local
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