A History of JCJPC

The Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture (JCJPC) was established by the State University of New York at Albany’s School of Criminal Justice in 1993. Guided by Distinguished Teaching Professor Graeme Newman, founding editors Gregory J. Howard and Sean Anderson created a venue where interdisciplinary investigations of media, crime and criminal justice would be featured prominently. An early adopter of digital technology, JCJPC was publishing online well before it became conventional. As a peer-reviewed journal, JCJPC sought to bring to the forefront exciting and innovative research bearing on the mediated nature of crime and criminal justice. In addition to cutting edge research, JCJPC also published extensive review essays in which movies, television programs, plays, music and other cultural artifacts with prominent crime and criminal justice themes were examined for their significance and insights for students of media power. For the better part of 13 years, JCJPC was produced through the collective efforts of talented graduate students at Albany whose commitment to intellectual exchange ensured that the journal was a bastion of independence and quality.

After several years without long-term editorial leadership and lacking staff, JCJPC went on hiatus. In 2010, Dr. Franklin Wilson, at Indiana State University, accepted the invitation to serve as the editor of JCJPC. He began the effort that would eventually prove successful to find JCJPC another home, beginning with the publication of a special relaunch issue (Volume 18 Issue 1) featuring leading researchers in criminal justice and media. Through the efforts of Dr. Cary D. Adkinson and Dr. Franklin Wilson JCJPC now has a new website and design that will allow for the journal to once again consistently produce exciting and innovative research bearing on the mediated nature of crime and criminal justice.

With Special Thanks...

We would also like to express our gratitude to Dr. Elizabeth Howard and Caitlin Rookey of the Eunice & James L. West Library at Texas Wesleyan University for their suggestions and technical assistance, as well as their enthusiastic support for criminal justice and media scholarship. Their help was invaluable in getting the journal website relocated and ready to relaunch.