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Crimcast is a virtual resource devoted to critical conversations about criminology and criminal justice issues. Our blogposts, twitter feeds, podcasts and other content provide an overview of trends, research, commentary and events of interest to criminal justice practitioners, academics and the general public. CrimCast is sponsored by The Center for Crime and Popular Culture, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.

Crimcast Welcomes Dr. David Patton and Leeds Beckett University and Announces Its New Look

Staci Strobl

Crimcast, our online community for critical discussions about crime and justice that is accessible to all, announces a new partnership.  Over the past several years, we have morphed from being a podcast to a blog, under the generous financial underpinning of St. Francis College (New York, U.S.), and now to a more comprehensive online community. To kick off our online community status, we have partnered with an additional supporter, Leeds Beckett University in Leeds (U.K.) and brought on Dr. David Patton to join the helm with Drs. Nickie Phillips and Staci Strobl.   Overall, we aim to bring you a more delightful and interactive Crimcast experience than ever before.

And, we are international.  Our readers always have been-- such is the power of the Internet-- but now we can say that our editorial board and board of advisors extend beyond the U.S. and into the wider English-speaking world.  We welcome two new advisors based in the U.K.: Dr. Angus Nurse of Middlesex University and Dr. Maggie Leese of Leeds Becket University.  See our About page for a full list of our Board of Advisors.

Our two steadfast regular contributors are Dr. Demetra Pappas and Prof. Danielle Reynolds. Demetra has made us the premiere site for the intersection of theater and criminal justice as she regularly reviews Broadway and off-Broadway shows.  Prof. Reynolds has delved into policy issues, from youth courts to Craig's List prostitution, and offered analysis that challenges the conventional wisdom.  

As support from Leeds Beckett University, we also welcome Suzanne Young to the team as a social media specialist.

Click here to see how you can submit a blog post and if you are feeling more inspired, become a new regular contributor.  Interactivity relies on readers making the transition to writers and we're ready to receive your content.  Blog posts are short pieces, approximately several paragraphs long, which describe and draw attention to an issue or cultural artifact, offer some short analysis, but are fundamentally casual and readable.  We pride ourselves on content that is accessible to the lay person, practitioner, student, and academic alike.

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As you can see from the tag cloud below, over the years we have excelled in bringing you content that is international in scope, but focused on justice, whether broadly construed as social justice or human rights-related.  We also routinely delved into controversies of the day, such as stop and frisk in New York, or coverage of activists and demonstrations for justice like last year's March on Washington. Policing, law, punishment and incarceration have also been common topics delivered in a variety of formats from author Q&As to embedded videos. We hope to continue that varied, multimedia tradition, along with identifying certain areas going forward that we believe should be more prevalent in crime and justice conversations.  One of those areas is environmental crime and justice. Given the success of the recent Climate March in New York, and the fight against hydrofracking in England, criminal justice must continue to develop its "green" sub-topics and confront the new challenges faced by global warming and dwindling resources, and the disproportionate impact on communities of color and the poor.