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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.

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"Zero Dark Thirty" and Depictions of Torture

Nickie Phillips

Katherine Bigelow’s film Zero Dark Thirty has generally received rave reviews and is likely to be among the 2013 Oscar contenders. However, the film has received criticism for its depiction of torture as a useful, primary tactic in finding Bin Laden.

In fact, even the acting director of the C.I.A. finds the depictions problematic:

“Zero Dark Thirty,” Mr. Morell said it “creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques that were part of our former detention and interrogation program were the key to finding Bin Laden. That impression is false.”

Three U.S. Senators have also gone on record in opposition to the depiction of torture in the film, requesting a "disclaimer" from the filmmakers.

In a letter to studio chief Michael Lynton, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain(R-Ariz.) wrote that the movie, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, improperly establishes a connection between "enhanced interrogations" and key intelligence.

Alex Gibney, director of the documentary Taxi To The Dark Side, calls the film a "stylistic masterwork" yet “fundamentally reckless” for its portrayal of torture. For his take on the responsibility of the filmmakers to portray the truth about the efficacy of torture, go here.

For Alicia Cohn's article in The Hill, go here.

Go here for the On the Media podcast episode featuring Peter Bergen, journalist and national security analyst, discussing the film."

Go here for the Guardian article: "The truth about Zero Dark Thirty: This torture fantasy degrades us all."

For a more nuanced interpretation, see Andrew O'Hehir's article in Salon:

I do want to suggest, however, that the hot debate about Bigelow’s likely Oscar nominee opens up all kinds of other overlapping questions of fact and interpretation – and also about the uses and limitations of art, and the powerful responses it provokes – that do not yield clear answers.

Criminal Justice in the Arts Podcast featuring Michael Bush

Nickie Phillips

Michael Bush

In this episode Michael Bush, assistant professor of criminal justice at Northern Kentucky University, joins us to discuss incorporating art and popular culture as pedagogical tools into the criminal justice curriculum.


Bush, M. D. (2012). “Criminal justice in the arts: An exploration into creative criminal justice pedagogy.” Presented at the International Crime, Media, and Popular Culture Studies Conference at Indiana State University.

Burke, A. S. and Bush, M. D. (2012). “Service learning and criminal justice: An exploratory study of student perceptions.” Educational Review.

Dodson, K. D., Bush, M. D. & Braswell, M. (2012). “Teaching peacemaking in criminal justice: Experiential applications.” The Journal of Criminal Justice Education.

Kappeler, V. & Potter, G. (2004). Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

Messner, S. & Rosenfeld, R. (2006). Crime and the American Dream. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Random Superhero Generator

Further Listening:

Johnny Cash

Tracey Chapman

Clinton Clegg & the Backstabbing Good People



Teaching The Wire

Nickie Phillips

The September 2012 issue of Journal of Criminal Justice Education features an article by Ralph Taylor and Jillian Eidson on integrating The Wire into criminology courses. The article includes sample writing assignments and student reactions to the material. 

The abstract:

“A challenge in any undergraduate communities and crime course is helping students understand how macro-level context affects the lives of individuals. This article describes one approach based on three characters in Season 2 (“The Port”) of “The Wire.” A multi-layered framework is outlined which prominently features William Julius Wilson's unemployment thesis. Data sources for illustrating how different parts of the model apply to the surrounding region and neighborhoods close to the port are noted. The narrative arcs for three central characters in Season 2 are described and each is connected to Wilson's thesis. Even though in-class screening time was limited, students' written work and questionnaire responses suggested that the material clarified key concepts. The approach described here is just one approach of the many which are feasible for a macro-level communities and crime course, or for integrating “The Wire” into criminal justice or criminology courses.”

For more about teaching The Wire, check out our podcast, “All the Pieces Matter: Teaching The Wire to Criminology Students” featuring Vik Gumbhir here.

Taylor and Eidson's article, “The Wire,” William Julius Wilson, and the Three Sobotkas: Conceptually Integrating ‘Season 2: The Port’ into a Macro-Level Undergraduate Communities and Crime Course.” can be found here.

Last Words of Death Row Inmates

Nickie Phillips

Go here for Jon Millward’s analysis of the most common words among the last statements by death row inmates. For a more in-depth analysis of the themes revealed in the last words of the condemned inmates and those of their co-victims, see Scott Vollum’s, associate professor at James Madison University, book “Last Words and the Death Penalty: Voices of the Condemned and Their Co-Victims.”

And, check out our podcast interview with Scott here.

Clemency for Jacqueline Montanez and Life Without Parole for Juveniles

Nickie Phillips

In this podcast Aubri McDonald, an adjunct lecturer in criminology at University of Illinois at Chicago, discusses the case of Jacqueline Montanez, a woman serving life without parole in Illinois for a crime she committed as a juvenile.  Her clemency hearing is scheduled for April 11, 2012.  McDonald and her mentor, Dr. John Hagedorn, also at the University of Illinois, are on the research side of Montanez's pro bono legal team from Northwestern University.

UPDATE: Jacqueline's clemency hearing was held April 11, 2012.

A Teach-In was held at University of Chicago, Illinois, April 2, 2012 discussing the ethical implications of sentencing juveniles to life without the possibility of parole.

All photos courtesy of Aubri McDonald.

For further information:

Clemency for Jacqueline Montanez

Addams, J., Nobel Peace Prize Winner and juvenile justice reformer, 1931

Amnesty International (2011, November 30).  Locking up children for life in the U.S.  Human Rights Now [blog].

Chesney-Lind, M. (2012). The Female Offender: Girls, Women, and Crime [3rd edition].  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publication.

Girls on the Wall [documentary] (2010).

Hagedorn, J. (2008).  A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Roper v. Simmons (2005).,33&as_vis=1&case=16987406842050815187&scilh=0

Totenberg, N. (2012, March 21).  High Court Debates Life Without Parole for Juveniles.  NPR.

Violent Youth Predator Act of 1996

Art Bowker's The Cybercrime Handbook for Community Corrections: Managing Offender Risk in the 21st Century

Nickie Phillips

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In this podcast, we talk with Prof. Art Bowker of Chancellor University about his new book, The Cybercrime Handbook for Community Corrections: Managing Offender Risk in the 21st Century.  It explores such topics as how probation officers can monitor offenders internet use and how offenders use social media such as Facebook and Twitter for crime or in violation of their conditions of probation.


Bowker, A. (2012).  The Cybercrime Handbook for Community Corrections: Managing Offender Risk in the 21st Century.  Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publishers. and

Bowker, A. (2011, Fall).  Managing the risks posed by offender computer use.  APPA News: Perspectives.  American Probation and Parole Association.

Bowker, A., The Three C's: Computers, crime, and corrections [blog].

La Magna, R. C. & M. Berejka (2009). Remote computer monitoring: Managing sex offenders’ access to the Internet. The Journal of Offender Monitoring.

Tanner, J. (2007).  Rethinking computer management of sex offenders under supervision.  KB Solutions.

Read first full chapter here:

"All the Pieces Matter:" Teaching The Wire to Criminology Students

Nickie Phillips

Vikas Gumbhir, Associate Professor at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, speaks to us about using the David Simon-created HBO hit TV series The Wire as a criminological teaching tool.

Alvarez, R. (2004). The Wire: Truth be told. New York, NY: Pocket Books.

Anderson, E. (1994). The code of the street. The Atlantic Monthly.

Moskos, P. (2008). Cop in the hood: My year policing Baltimore's Eastern District. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Reiman, J. & P. Leighton (2009).  The rich get richer and the poor get prison [9th ed.].  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Simon, D. (1992). Homicide: A year on the killing streets.  New York, NY: MacMillan.

Venkatesh, S.A. (2002). American project: The rise and fall of the modern ghetto.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Wilson, W.J. (1997).  When work disappears: The world of the new urban poor.  New York, NY: Vintage Books.

Criminal Law in Iran

Nickie Phillips

Flag of Iran in map


Mohsen Alizadeh is an Assistant Professor in criminal justice at Montclair State University in New Jersey and a former practicing lawyer in Iran. He discusses the role of shari’a in the Iranian criminal justice system.

Helpful Vocabulary:

Qajar Dynasty (1979-1925 CE) - Played a major role in transplanting western ideas of law to the Persian system

Pahlavi Dynasty (1925-1979) – Adopted the French Napoleonic Code for Iran

Islamic Revolution (1979) – Pahlavi Dynasty overthrown by religious clerics; New law adopts Islamic punishments while keeping many other aspects of western law

Mazdaism – Another name for Zoroastrianism, the indigenous Persian religion

Shari’a - Islamic law, derived from the Qur’an and the teachings and practices of the prophet Muhammad

Ta’azir(at) - criminal sanction not mentioned in the shari’a

Quisa(t) - law of retaliation; “eye-for-an-eye”

Diya(t) - If quisa is not practical, punishment is an amount of money paid to victim (restitution); “blood money”

Hadd/Huddud - Fornication, homosexuality, prostitution, adultery, drinking alcohol, armed robbery (dacoity); requires physical punishment

Primary principles - legal principles which have their base in shari’a, consensus, or reason

Secondary principles – legal principles which have their basis in a decree by a high-ranking clergyman (ayatollah)

Inquisitorial system – Courts act as fact-finders in criminal cases


Alizadeh, M. (2010). Iran. In M. Nalla and G. Newman, Crime and Punishment Around the World. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Bjorken, J. (2004). Iran. In Sullivan, L. and M. Haberfeld, Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Jahangir, A. (2007). The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Constitution [in Persian]. Tehran: Didar Publications. Constitution in English:

Maftei, C. (2010). The sanctions of the Islamic Criminal Law: Aspects of the criminal law in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Juridical Current, 13(3), pp. 139-148.

Nadjafi, A. (2004). Iranian adult corrections system: Constant evaluation. In Winterdyk, J., Adult Corrections. New York, NY: Monsey.

Tellenbach, S. (2009). Aspects of the Iranian Code of Islamic punishment: The principle of legality and the temporal, spatial, and personal applicability of the law. Criminal Law Review. 9(4), pp. 689-705.

New York Civilian Complaint Review Board

Nickie Phillips

Dawn Fuentes serves as the Director of Community Relations and Training at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board. New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board

CCRB Status Reports

How to file a complaint


Walker, S. (2005). The New World of Police Accountability. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Walker, S. (2001). Police Accountability: The Role of Citizen Oversight. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Thompson Learning.

Walker, S. & Archbold, C. (2000). Mediating citizen complaints against the police: an exploratory study. University of Missouri Journal of Dispute Resolution, 2, 231- 44.

Walker, S., Archbold, C. & Herbst, L. (2002). Mediating Citizen Complaints Against Police Officers: A Guide for Police and Community Leaders.  Washington, DC:  Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing.

Int'l Crime, Media, and Popular Culture Studies Conference 2011

Nickie Phillips

Dr. Frank Wilson is a professor at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, the editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, and a member of the CrimCast Board of Directors.  He is also the founding chair of the International Crime, Media and Popular Culture Studies conference.  In this podcast he discusses the upcoming conference on September 26-28, 2011, in Terre Haute.  He describes the important role the conference plays in supporting and showcasing interdisciplinary work on crime and media.




International Crime, Media and Popular Culture Studies Conference

Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture

Featured Speakers:

Gregg Barak, Ph.D. Eastern Michigan University

“Newsmaking Criminology, Policy Making, and Popular Culture: Reflections from the Margins"

Meda Chesney-Lind, Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa

"Girls Gone Wild: Media Misogyny and the Bad Girl Hype"

Peter K. Manning, Ph.D. Northeastern University

"The Drama of Policing: Modern Modes of Media Amplification"

Gary Potter, Ph.D. Eastern Kentucky University

"Constructing Crime in an Era of Globalization"

Raymond Surette, Ph.D. University of Central Florida

"New Media and Copycat Crime Among Offenders

Kenneth Tunnell, Ph.D.

Eastern Kentucky University


Terry Cox, Ph.D.

Eastern Kentucky University


Eddy Green

Eastern Kentucky University

“Scholarship, Songwriting and Social Justice: A Performance and Discussion”

Restorative Justice

Nickie Phillips

Prof. Mary Louise Frampton of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law discusses an experimental restorative justice program in a West Oakland, California, middle school. Based on her and her colleagues' evaluation, the program was successful in reducing student suspensions and expulsions for bad behavior and transforming the school culture from punishment-based to problem-solving.  As a result, The Oakland Unified School District has adopted restorative justice policies in many of its schools.


Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

Sumner, M. D., C.J. Silverman & M.L. Frampton (2010). School-based restorative justice as an alternative to zero-tolerance policies: Lessons from West Oakland. Berkeley, CA: Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Issues in Juvenile Justice

Nickie Phillips

Dr. Lee “Mike” Johnson is an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia specializing in juvenile justice, juvenile corrections, and victimology.  His book, Experiencing Corrections: From Practitioner to Professor, an anthology of essays by former correctional professionals, will be published this year by Sage Publications.  In this podcast he discusses his work on trends in juvenile gun ownership as well employee-on-youth misconduct in juvenile detention centers.


Johnson, L. M. (2009). Jail Wall Art and Public Criminology. Research and Practice in the Social Sciences 5(1): 1-21.

Johnson, L. M. (2008). A Place for Art in Prison: Art as a Tool for Rehabilitation and Management.” Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice 5(2): 100-120.

Johnson, L. M. (2007). Jail Wall Drawings and Jail Art Programs. International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences 2(2): 66-84.

Johnson, L. M., R. L. Simons & R. D. Conger (2004). Criminal Justice System Involvement and Continuity of Youth Crime: A Longitudinal Analysis. Youth & Society 36(1): 3-29.

Johnson, L. M., R. Mullick & C. L. Mulford (2002). General vs. Specific Victim Blaming. Journal of Social Psychology 142(2): 249-263.

May, D.C. & Jarjoura, G.R. (2006). Illegal guns in the wrong hands: Patterns of gun acquisition and use among serious juvenile delinquents. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Sheley, J.F. & Wright, J.D. (1994). In the line of fire. Hawthorne,

NY: Aldine de Gruyter.

Juvenile Gun Ownership

Employee-on-Youth Misconduct

Death Penalty: Words of the Condemned and Their Co-Victims

Nickie Phillips

In this episode we interview death penalty expert Dr. Scott Vollum, Assistant Professor at James Madison University. His book Last Words and the Death Penalty (2008) has just been released in paperback.


Arrigo, B.A. (2001). The "death row community": A community psychology perspective.  Deviant Behavior, 22: 43-71.

Arrigo, B.A. (2003), Victim vices, victim voices, and impact statements: On the place of emotion and the role of restorative justice in capital sentencing. Crime & Delinquency, 49(4), 603-626.

Christie, N (1977). Conflicts as property. British Journal of Criminology, 17: 1-15.

del Carmen, R. V., Vollum, S., Cheeseman, K., San Miguel, C., & Frantzen, D. (2008) The Death Penalty: Constitutional Issues, Commentaries, and Case Briefs, 2nd Edition. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing.

Grann, D. (2009, September 7).  Trial by fire: Did Texas execute an innocent man?  The New Yorker.

Herman, S. (2010). Parallel justice for victims of crime.  Washington, DC: The National Center for Victims of Crime.

Vollum, S. (2008). Last words and the death penalty: Voices of the condemned and their co-victims.  New York, NY: LFB Scholarly Publishing.

Creative work about Karla Faye Tucker:

Steve Earle, "Karla" (2002) [play]

Indigo Girls, "Faye Tucker" (1999) [song]

Prison Hospice Care

Nickie Phillips

This episode features Jessica Barbeiro, R.N., Bridgewater State College, in a discussion about elderly inmates and prison hospice care.


National Prison Hospice Association -

Aday, R. (2003). Aging Prisoners:Crisis in American Corrections. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Harrison, M. (2006). An innovative program for elderly inmates. Corrections Today.

Elderly inmates swell prisons, driving up health care costs -

Behind bars: Aging prison population challenges correctional health systems -

Policing in England and France

Nickie Phillips

Dr. Damien Cassan joins us for a discussion of his field work on policing organizations in England and France. Dr. Cassan is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Montreal and a former Fulbright Scholar in the U.S.


Cassan, D. (2011). Une ethnographie de l’intégration professionnelle du gardien de la paix et du police constable, Déviance et Société, vol. 35, n.3, pp. 361-383.

Cassan, D. (2010). Police socialisation in France and in England : How do they stand towards the community policing model?, Journal of Police Studies (Cahiers Politiestudies), issue 16 “Policing in Europe” (CPS 2010-3, nr. 16), pp. 243-259. [Also in Volume 0 –launching- of the European Journal of Policing Studies, EJPS]

Cassan, D. (2004). La police nationale et la réforme de la police de proximité : D’une réforme politique à une résistance professionnelle. In Deroche, L. & Jeannot, G., « L’action publique au travail », Collection « Le travail en débats », Série « Entreprise, travail, emploi », Editions Octarès, pp.73-78.

Cassan, D. (3e trimestre 2001). Le recrutement ethnique policier : Une vieille préoccupation anglaise. Les Cahiers de la sécurité intérieure, n°45 « Le temps des minorités », pp. 139-159.

Reiner, R. (2000).  Politics and the police.  Oxford University Press.

Reiner, R. (1998).  Policing, protest and disorder in Britan. In Della Porta, D. and H. Reiter (Eds.), Policing protest: The control of mass demonstrations in western democracies. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Reiner, R. (1992).  Policing a postmodern society.  The Modern Law Review, 55, (6).

European Security Organizations and the Role of Leadership

Nickie Phillips

This episode features Emanuel Banutai, a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security at the University of Maribor in Slovenia.  He discusses leadership competencies in European security organizations.


Banutai, E. (2007).  Police cooperation in the European Union.  Varnost, 55 (3), 19-20.

Pagon, M., E. Banutai and U. Bizjak (2008). Leadership competencies for successful change management: Study report. University of Maribor.

Media Depictions of Crime, post-1968

Nickie Phillips

[audio] This episode features Scott Weiss, assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.  Scott discusses post 1968 depictions of crime in the media with a focus on television.


Todd Gitlin:

Marshall McLuhan:

Ericson, R., Patricia Barenek, and Janet Chan. 1991. Representing order: crime, law and justice in the news media. Toronto: Open University Press.

Gaines, D. 1992. Teenage wasteland: Suburbia's dead end kids. NY: Harper.

Gilbert, J. 1986. A cycle of outrage: America's reaction to the juvenile delinquent in the 1950s. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gitlin, T. (ed.). 1986. Watching television. New York: Pantheon.

Fiske, J. 1987. Television culture. New York: Methuen.

Postman, N. 1985. Amusing ourselves to death. Baltimore: Penguin.

Pratkanis, A. and Eliot Aronson. 2001. Age of propaganda: The everyday use and abuse of persuasion. New York: Holt.

Rosengren, K. 1994. Media Effects and Beyond: Culture, Socialisation and Lifestyles. London: Routledge.

Twitchell, J. 1989. Preposterous violence: Fables of aggression in modern culture. New York: Oxford University Press.

"'Cops': Television Policing as Policing Reality" in Entertaining Crime edited by Mark Fishman and Gray Cavender: pp.95-116.

Evans, W. 1996. “Science and Reason in Film and Television” in Skeptical Inquirer, 20, 45-48, 58.

Gerbner, G. 1987. “Science on television: How it affects public conceptions” in Issues in Science and Technology, 3, 109-115.

Local Police Enforcement of Immigration Laws

Nickie Phillips

In this episode, we interview Dr. Chris Ortiz about why police and criminal justice policy experts believe that the local enforcement of federal immigration laws represents poor policy.


Vera Institute of Justice.  Law Enforcement and Arab-American Community Relations After September 11, 2001.

Davis, R., Hendersin, N. & Ortiz, C. (2005, April).  Can Federal Intervention Bring Lasting Improvement in Local Policing?: The Pittsburgh Consent Decree’.

Davis, R., Ortiz, C., Rowe, R., Broz, J. Rigakos, G., & Collins, P. (2006, January).  An Assessment of the Preparedness of Large

Retail Malls to Prevent and Respond to Terrorist

Attack.  Police Foundation Reports

Henderson, N., Ortiz, C., Sugie, N. & Miller, J.  (2006, June 1).  Law enforcement and Arab American community relations after September 11, 2001: engagement in a time of uncertainty.

Vera website:

Hickman, L. & Suttorp, M. (2008). Are Deportable Aliens A Unique Threat To Public Safety? Comparing The Recidivism Of Deportable And Nondeportable Aliens. Criminology & Public Policy, 7(1), 59-82.

Hsu, S. (2009, April 19).  U.S. to Expand Immigration Checks to All Local Jails. Washington Post.

Miller, J., Davis, R., Henderson, N. Markovic, J. & Ortiz, C.  (2005).  Measuring Influences on Public Opinion of the Police Using Time-Series Data: Results of a Pilot Study.  Police Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 3, 394-401.

Ortiz, C. (2009, March 5).  The slippery slope of immigration enforcement: One officer’s warning.  Long Island Wins.

Sampson, R. (2006, March 11). Open doors don’t invite criminals.  New York Times.

Prison-based Animal Programs

Nickie Phillips

In this episode we interview Dr. Gennifer Furst, assistant professor at William Paterson University, New Jersey.  Dr. Furst discusses the benefits of prison-based animal programs.


Furst, Gennifer. (2009).  How prison-based animal programs change prisoner participants, p. 293-302 in Between the Species:  Readings in Human-Animal Relations, Arluke, A. & Sanders, C. (Eds.) Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Furst, Gennifer.  (2007, July).  Prison-Based Animal Programs in the United States: Implications for Desistance.  Prison Service Journal, No. 172, 38-44.

Furst, Gennifer.  (2007).  Without Words to Get in the Way: Symbolic Interaction in Prison-Based Animal Programs.  Qualitative Sociology Review, 3, 96-109.

Furst, Gennifer.  (2006).  Prison-based Animal Programs: A National Survey.  The Prison Journal, 86, 407-430.

L.I.F.E.R.S. Public Safety Steering Committee of the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, PA (2004).  Ending the culture of street crime.  The Prison Journal, 84, 48S-68S.

Maruna, S. (2001).  Making good:  How ex-convicts reform and rebuild their lives.  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association,

Maruna, S., LeBel, T., Mitchell, N. and Naples, M. (2004).  Pygmalion in the reintegration process:  Desistance from crime through the looking glass.  Psychology, Crime & Law, 10, 271-281.

Maruna, S., LeBel, T., and Lanier, C. (2004).  Generativity behind bars:  Some “redemptive truth” about prison society.  In E. de St. Aubin, D. McAdams, & T. Kim (Eds.), The Generative society: Caring for future generations (pp. 131-151).  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Toch, H. (2000).  Altruistic activity as correctional treatment.  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 44, 270-278.

Policing in the Context of Military Operations

Nickie Phillips

We interview Jon R. Lindsay, doctoral candidate in Political Science at MIT and Lt. Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, about his recent academic work on counterinsurgency operations in Iraq.  In particular we focus on how military operations and police functions cross over during prolonged military engagement.


Lindsay, J. (2009, Feb 25). Commandos, Advisors, and Diplomats: Special Operations Forces and Counterinsurgency. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA’s 50th Annual Convention. New York, NY

Galula, D. (2006). Counterinsurgency warfare: Theory and practice. Greenwood Publishing Group.

Kalyvas, S.N. (2006). The logic of violence in civil war.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lindsay, J. (2008, Sept). Does the “surge” explain Iraq’s improved security? Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for International Studies (CIS) Audits of the Conventional Wisdom.

Lindsay, J. (2006). War upon the map: The politics of military user innovation. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Program on Emerging Technologies (PoET) Working Papers.

Strobl, S. & Lindsay, J. (2009, pending). Lost in translation. Khobar Towers and the ambiguities of terrorism in the 1990s. in Haberfeld, M. and A. von Hassell (Eds.). A New Understanding of Terrorism. New York: Springer.