Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Greg Newbold & Jeffrey Ian Ross & Stephen C. Richards
Having developed in the late 1990s from meetings of ex-convict academics at the conferences of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), convict criminology (CC) is a relatively new area in the discipline of criminology and criminal justice. Since that time, the group has grown in membership, as former prison inmates, non-convict corrections scholars, and a number of prisoners have joined and contributed to its literature. Although somewhat diverse in terms of its membership and theoretical orientation, this group is unified in its general objective of using heuristic observation and first-person accounts to give depth and context to the social scientific study of prison and criminal justice. The participation of ex-convicts in the study of criminology is not new, but until recent times has been relatively rare. Moreover, perhaps due to fear of victimization, or because they felt their previous careers were now irrelevant, many former prisoners who became professors of ...