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British Journal of Criminology
Journal Prestige (SJR): 1.828
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ISSN (Print) 0007-0955 - ISSN (Online) 1464-3529
Published by Oxford University Press Homepage  [406 journals]
  • Dashing Hopes' the Predictive Accuracy of Domestic Abuse Risk
           Assessment by Police
    • Authors: Turner E; Medina J, Brown G.
      Pages: 1013 - 1034
      Abstract: The Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour Based Violence (DASH) form is a standardized risk assessment implemented across most UK police forces. It is intended to facilitate an officer’s structured professional judgment about the risk a victim faces of serious harm at the hand of their abuser. Until now, it has been an open question whether this tool works in practice. Here, we present the largest scale European study, making the case that the risk assessment tool is underperforming. Each element of the DASH questionnaire is, at best, weakly predictive of revictimization. Officer risk predictions based on DASH are little better than random and a logistic regression model that predicts the same outcome using DASH only provides modest improvement in performance.
      PubDate: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azy074
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • The Dynamics of Domestic Abuse and Drug and Alcohol Dependency
    • Authors: Gadd D; Henderson J, Radcliffe P, et al.
      Pages: 1035 - 1053
      Abstract: This article elucidates the dynamics that occur in relationships where there have been both substance use and domestic abuse. It draws interpretively on in-depth qualitative interviews with male perpetrators and their current and former partners. These interviews were undertaken for the National Institute for Health Research-funded ADVANCE programme. The article’s analysis highlights the diverse ways in which domestic abuse by substance-using male partners is compounded for women who have never been substance dependent, women who have formerly been substance dependent and women who are currently substance dependent. The criminological implications of the competing models of change deployed in drug treatment and domestic violence intervention are discussed alongside the policy and practice challenges entailed in reconciling them within intervention contexts where specialist service provision has been scaled back and victims navigate pressures to stay with perpetrators while they undergo treatment alongside the threat of sanction should they seek protection from the police and courts.
      PubDate: Tue, 07 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz011
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • ‘The Perfect Murder’: An Exploratory Study of Staged Murder Scenes and
           Concealed Femicide
    • Authors: Bitton Y; Dayan H.
      Pages: 1054 - 1075
      Abstract: Presenting cases of criminologically unidentifiable circumstances, authors point to concealment susceptibility of some femicide cases, overlooked by both the criminal system and by scholars, rendering them ‘concealed femicides’. The paper presents descriptive and criminological analyses of Israeli cases whereby the woman’s murder was followed by scene staging. It extrapolates the common characteristics of femicide victims and perpetrators, offers a typology of homicide scene staging behaviour that facilitates domesticity-related femicide concealment and, eventually, introduces tools to enhance exposure of femicide.
      PubDate: Tue, 14 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz015
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • Lessons of an Honour Code: A Consideration of Conflict-related Processes
           and Interpersonal Violence
    • Authors: Berg M; Rogers E, Taylor B, et al.
      Pages: 1076 - 1098
      Abstract: Criminological research has long suggested that attitudes concerned with honour and aggression, such as the ‘street code’, are related to violent offending and victimization. Comparatively, little information is known, however, about the mechanisms through which these attitudes increase violence. Drawing from interactionist perspectives of aggression and subcultural theories, we examine the mediating role of two conflict-related tendencies: disputatiousness and remedial actions. We also examine the extent to which remedial actions moderate the association between disputatiousness and violence. Predictions are tested using longitudinal data from a nationally representative sample of young adults in the United States. Results show that conflict-related tendencies mediate the pathways linking the street code to violent offending and victimization. In addition, remedial actions temper the association between disputatiousness and violence involvement.
      PubDate: Tue, 09 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz022
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • State Payments to Victims of Violent Crime: Discretion and Bias in Awards
           for Sexual Offences
    • Authors: Daly K; Holder R.
      Pages: 1099 - 1118
      Abstract: State monetary schemes for victims of violent crime began in the 1960s and operate in 35 countries today, yet knowledge is lacking on who is applying, how decisions are reached, variation in awards and why amounts may differ. Analysing 291 sexual offence cases in Queensland, we ask whether awards differ by victim sex/gender and by societal constructs of ideal, real rape, and credible victims. We found that male child victims received higher awards than female child victims for more serious sexual offences and that awards to females aged 12 and older were affected by elements associated with real rape and credible victims. We call upon researchers and governments to pursue and expand this new area of research.
      PubDate: Sun, 31 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz008
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • Victims Who Have Done Nothing or Victims Who Have Done Nothing Wrong:
           Contesting Blame and ‘Innocent Victim’ Status in Transitioning
    • Authors: Hearty K.
      Pages: 1119 - 1138
      Abstract: Building on recent victimological interventions in transitional justice, this article critically examines nuanced interpretations of what an ‘innocent victim’ is in transitioning societies without any agreed legal, political or moral base position on past political violence. It suggests that the term refers to two different types of victims: victims who have done nothing that fit traditional victimological understandings of the blameless, passive ‘ideal victim’ and victims who have done nothing wrong where innocence and blame are open to fundamental political and moral contest. It concludes that the irreconcilability, looseness and adaptability of competing frameworks for understanding the past pose a core victimological disagreement surrounding victims who have done nothing wrong that even a more critically self-reflective approach by victimizers fails to resolve.
      PubDate: Sun, 10 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz017
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • Prison Versus Western Australia: Which Worked Best, the Australian Penal
           Colony or the English Convict Prison System'
    • Authors: Godfrey B.
      Pages: 1139 - 1160
      Abstract: Between 1850 and 1868, a natural experiment in punishment took place. Men convicted of similar crimes could serve their sentence of penal servitude either in Britain or in Australia. For historians and social scientists, this offers the prospect of addressing a key question posed over 200 years ago by the philosopher, penal theorist and reformer Jeremy Bentham when he authored a lengthy letter entitled ‘Panopticon versus New South Wales: Or, the Panopticon Penitentiary System, and the Penal Colonization System, Compared’. This article answers the underlying tenet of Bentham’s question, ‘Which was best prison or transportation'’ by applying two efficiency tests. The first tests whether UK convicts or Australian convicts had higher rates of reconviction, and the second explores the speed to reconviction.
      PubDate: Sun, 31 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz012
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • ‘So, Why Am I Here'’ Ambiguous Practices of Protection, Treatment
           and Punishment in Danish Secure Institutions for Youth
    • Authors: Henriksen A; Prieur A.
      Pages: 1161 - 1177
      Abstract: This article explores how a nexus of punishment, treatment and protection creates unique mechanisms of control in secure institutions for young people. It is based on a study in Danish secure institutions, which accommodate young people confined on legal and welfare grounds. In these hybrid institutions, protection, treatment and punishment merge in ambiguous and contradictory practices that are experienced as unjust or even harmful by the young people and possibly breach the UN Convention of the Child. These practices are explored through a Foucauldian theorization highlighting the disciplinary practices unique to the confinement of minors. The article contributes to wider debates on the treatment–punishment nexus, Nordic exceptionalism and criminal justice for youth in an era of neoliberal penal-welfarism.
      PubDate: Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz018
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • ‘What the f**k Is Maturity'’: Young Adulthood, Subjective Maturity
           and Desistance From Crime
    • Authors: Coyle B.
      Pages: 1178 - 1198
      Abstract: This article contributes to the ‘dissection’ of maturation by advancing previously overlooked, subjective aspects of the concept. The article draws upon life story research with 20 young adults in Belfast, Northern Ireland. An analysis of their accounts and narratives highlights the importance of maturity as an adaptive narrative coping mechanism for young adults who are structurally disbarred from achieving normative expressions of adult status. The analysis further explores the relationship between subjective maturity and desistance from crime, indicating the potential risks that a selective criminal justice policy focus on an absence of maturity among 18–25-year-olds may have on young adults coming into contact with the criminal justice system.
      PubDate: Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz010
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • Criminological Policy Mobilities and Sex Work: Understanding the Movement
           of the ‘Swedish Model’ to Northern Ireland
    • Authors: McMenzie L; Cook I, Laing M.
      Pages: 1199 - 1216
      Abstract: Ideas, policies and models related to criminal justice often travel between places. How, then, should we make sense of this movement' We make the case for drawing on the policy mobilities literature, which originates in human geography. It is only recently that criminological studies have drawn on small parts of this literature. This article argues for a more expansive engagement with the policy mobilities literature, so that criminal justice researchers focus on concepts such as mobilities, mutation, assemblages, learning, educating and showcasing when studying the movement of criminal justice ideas, policies and models. To illustrate our argument, we will draw on a case study of the adaptation of the ‘Swedish model’ of governing sex work by policymakers in Northern Ireland.
      PubDate: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azy058
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • Other People’s Dirty Money: Professional Intermediaries, Market Dynamics
           and the Finances of White-collar, Corporate and Organized Crimes
    • Authors: Lord N; Campbell L, Van Wingerde K.
      Pages: 1217 - 1236
      Abstract: This article analyses the market dynamics of the misuse of ‘corporate vehicles’ in the management of finances generated from, and for, organized, white-collar and corporate crimes. The term ‘corporate vehicles’ is a policy construct used to refer to legitimate, legal structures, like trusts and companies, that facilitate a range of commercial activities. Such vehicles also provide opportunities for those involved in serious crimes for gain to control, convert and conceal their illicit finances, usually with the assistance of professional intermediaries, such as lawyers or financial advisors. This article empirically investigates key market features (actors/providers, commodities/products, services) and conditions (supply, demand, regulation, competition), with particular focus on professional intermediaries and how they facilitate the control of other people’s dirty money.
      PubDate: Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz004
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • Symbolic Survival and Harm: Serious Fraud and Consumer Capitalism’s
           Perversion of the Causa Sui Project
    • Authors: Tudor K.
      Pages: 1237 - 1253
      Abstract: Based on empirical research carried out with those convicted of serious fraud, the current article explores the motivations behind engagement in acquisitive criminality. Drawing on the work of Ernest Becker, the article seeks to transcend superficial explanations of fraud which draw on notions of greed and individual pathology, locating causation instead at the level of consumer capitalism’s perversion of the contemporary causa sui project through its stimulation of deep human existential anxieties. It will be suggested that the acts of economic predation perpetrated by the men in the study represent attempts to escape anxiety through the avoidance of symbolic annihilation and that they are illustrative of the way in which the contemporary capitalism generates harm.
      PubDate: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz009
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • The Gang’s All Queer: The Lives of Gay Gang MembersSurviving Gangs,
           Violence and Racism in Cape Town: Ghetto ChameleonsMano Dura: The Politics
           of Gang Control in El Salvador
    • Authors: Fraser A.
      Pages: 1260 - 1265
      Abstract: The Gang’s All Queer: The Lives of Gay Gang Members. By V. R. Panfil ( NYU Press, 2017, 312 pp. Paperback £21.99)
      PubDate: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz014
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • Corrigendum: An Unpaid Debt to Society: How ‘Punishment Debt’ Affects
           Reintegration and Desistance from Crime in Norway
    • Authors: Todd-kvam J.
      Pages: 1266 - 1266
      Abstract: The author regrets that in the online first version of this paper, an extra 0 appeared in the conversion of a sum in Norwegian Kroner to pounds sterling, meaning it was displayed as £930,000 when it should have read £93,000. This has now been corrected.
      PubDate: Tue, 04 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz038
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • Corrigendum to: Have The England and Wales Guidelines Affected Sentencing
           Severity' An Empirical Analysis using a Scale of Severity and
           Time-Series Analyses
    • Authors: Pina-Sánchez J; Gosling J, Chung H, et al.
      Pages: 1267 - 1267
      Abstract: Br J Criminol doi:10.1093/bjc/azz005
      PubDate: Wed, 29 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azz035
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2019)
  • The Death Penalty, Volume II. By Jacques Derrida (The University of
           Chicago Press, 2017, 265 pp., $45 USD) The Will to Punish. By Didier
           Fassin (Oxford University Press, 2018, 194 pp., £19.99 HB)
    • Authors: Smith T.
      Pages: 1254 - 1259
      Abstract: The Death Penalty, Volume II. By DerridaJacques(The University of Chicago Press, 2017, 265 pp., $45 USD)
      PubDate: Mon, 24 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azy071
      Issue No: Vol. 59, No. 5 (2018)
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