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Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency

Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency

eISSN: 1552731X | ISSN: 00224278 | Current volume: 58 | Current issue: 5 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 within criminology and criminal justice. For more than forty years, this international forum has explored the social, political, and economic contexts of criminal justice and examined victims, criminals, courts, and sanctions.

For over 45 years, this international forum has advanced research in criminology and criminal justice. Through articles, research notes, and special issues, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency continues to keep you up to date on contemporary issues and controversies within the criminal justice field.

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 criminal justice, examining victims, offenders, police, courts and sanctions.

Comprehensive Coverage
The science of criminal justice combines a wide range of academic disciplines and fields of practice. To advance the field of criminal justice the journal provides a forum that is informed by a variety of fields. Among the perspectives that you’ll find represented in the journal are:

  • biology/genetics
  • criminology
  • criminal justice/administration
  • courts
  • corrections
  • crime prevention
  • crime science
  • economics
  • geography
  • police studies
  • political science
  • psychology
  • sociology
Jean M. McGloin University of Maryland, USA
Christopher J. Sullivan University of Cincinnati, USA
Associate Editors
Robert Apel Rutgers University, USA
David Kirk Oxford University, UK
Maria B. Vélez University of Maryland, USA
Pamela Wilcox Pennsylvania State University, USA
Editorial Board
Megan Augustyn University of Texas - San Antonio, USA
J. C. Barnes University of Cincinnati, USA
Bianca Bersani University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Lyndsay Boggess University of South Florida, USA
Anthony A. Braga Northeastern University, USA
Lisa Broidy University of New Mexico, USA
Rod K. Brunson Northeastern University, USA
Abigail A. Fagan University of Florida, USA
Cory Haberman University of Cincinnati, USA
Carter Hay Florida State University, USA
Shane D. Johnson University College, London, UK
Derek A. Kreager Pennsylvania State University, USA
Candace Kruttschnitt University of Toronto, Canada
Daniel Mears Florida State University, USA
Holly Nguyen Pennsylvania State University, USA
Justin Nix University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA
Graham Ousey College of William and Mary, USA
Eric Piza John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA
Ráchael Powers University of South Florida, USA
David C. Pyrooz University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Andres Rengifo Rutgers University, USA
Ebony Ruhland University of Cincinnati, USA
Lee Ann Slocum University of Missouri St. Louis, USA
Mercer L. Sullivan Rutgers University, USA
Gary Sweeten Arizona State University, USA
Kyle Thomas University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Jillian Turanovic Florida State University, USA
John Wooldredge University of Cincinnati, USA
Emily M. Wright University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA
Managing Editor
Damon Petrich University of Cincinnati, USA
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