Will OJ get parole tomorrow? Where and how to watch his hearing.

I mentioned in a prior blog that the ALCATRAZ EAST crime museum just opened an exhibit around a new acquisition. The item is the White Ford Bronco that carried a frantic and suicidal O.J. Simpson during one of the most famous televised car chases ever. For this reason alone, millions will be tuned in tomorrow to O.J.'s parole hearing. But, as you know, there are many other reasons to tune in.   I'm going to watch because, tho I'm a dispassionate criminologist regarding most topics, I have a … [Read more...]

Crime Museum: Down but not out with addition of OJ’s Bronco..

Just had a wonderful trip to Tennessee, but missed the Crime Museum there. I saw the Grand Ole Opry  the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Jack Daniels Distillery—all in the Nashville area.  Alas, I didn't make it across the state to Alcatraz East in Pigeon Forge where the renamed Crime Museum relocated recently. Crime Museum The founder of the museum, attorney  John Morgan , formerly operated it  as the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, DC. He figured DC was where laws … [Read more...]

Brock Turner, Oscar Pistorius: how white privilege works.

I sometimes examine white privilege in my crim justice writings, and I'm doing so in a memoir I'm currently working on.  What's interesting about Brock Turner, Oscar Pistorius is that they may've been given light sentences because they were white and outstanding athletes. They are athletes in cultures (America and South Africa) where athleticism is prized. In such cultures super athletes, for sure, are treated leniently by their justice systems because of it. I've written about Pistorius … [Read more...]

Crim Justice takes a hit with regard to older celebs.

What happens when crim justice, lookism, and celebrity meet face to face? Lady Justice peaks from under her blindfold and renders "modified" justice. Some would call it "in" justice. Crim justice takes a hit. We've explored attractiveness and sentencing in recent posts.  Recently we looked at younger troubled stars. Here are a couple of examples of older troubled stars. That is, attractive people who've used their celebrity and wealth to game the justice system. The crim justice system pretty … [Read more...]

Prison life is hard. Outside can be harder. CSP revisited.

  Prison life gone bad? I've known, and been a victim of, someone who recidivised. Recidivism refers to committing a crime after being "rehabilitated" in prison. When it comes to prison life, it's a big "No No." To victims,  everyday taxpayers, ideologues supporting prison reform, and criminologists like me who study this sort of thing. Recidivism is a sign of corrections failing to "correct." A sign that prison life may've hindered more than helped an inmate. The story below is a … [Read more...]

Prison life 101: Help adjusting to life outside.

Despite America's current turn to the political right, there is still momentum in the US to reduce the number of inmates in prison—for financial as well as "fairness" reasons. That means a lot of inmates—mostly nonviolent offenders—will be soon confronting life outside cell bars and perimeter walls. They often falter making the adjustment from prison life to "freedom." We can expect a good deal of recidivism in the future in the US..  We're also entering a new era of Federalism where … [Read more...]

Prison rehabilitation: Turning zeroes into heroes?

 A recent article about carcerite, “prison syndrome,” is especially interesting in that it gives insight into the prison system in Italy. While bedeviled with overcrowding, just like the US, Italy has some "inspired" prison rehabilitation programs that're worth knowing about.However, the main reason I'm posting today's blog is to make us aware of the gamut of thinking about "prison rehab." What do you think of the comments below in response to the "prison syndrome" article?Mary Phillips … [Read more...]