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The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice is an international peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing high quality theory, research and debate on all aspects of the relationship between crime and justice across the globe. It is a leading forum for conversation between academic theory and research and the cultures, policies and practices of the range of institutions concerned with harm, security and justice.
Best Article of 2022
"Feeling the absence of justice: Notes on our pathological reliance on punitive justice"
Anastasia Chamberlen and Henrique Carvalho, Warwick University
This article critically examines our relationship with justice in contemporary Western liberal settings, with a particular focus on why our pursuit of justice is intimately entangled with punitive logics. It starts by arguing that we have a predominantly pathological approach to justice, in the sense that it follows a logic that is akin to that displayed in contemporary sensibilities regarding bodily pain. We deploy Drew Leder's concept of ‘dys-appearance’ to discuss how, in Western liberal societies, justice is primarily experienced negatively as a phenomenon; that is, we mainly become conscious of justice through the painful and episodic experience of injustice. We then explore this phenomenological quality of justice which, we argue, is linked to how the pursuit of justice in these settings predominantly takes a hostile, punitive aspect. The article concludes by exploring how this punitive impulse can be resisted, through what we term a ‘lived sense of justice’.
Read the full article here.
State-of-the-Art Review Article
The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice is launching a new feature – the state-of-the-art review article. These articles would take a topic of interest in criminology and/or criminal justice. In respect of that topic, state-of-the-art reviews will:
- Set out the contemporary significance of the topic and what is at stake in studying it;
- Review what is known about the topic or field;
- Outline new areas for research and theorization.
Review article will be between 10-15,000 words in length and will be subject to standard reviewing practices. It is anticipated that the journal will publish 3 to 4 such articles per year.
Authors with an interest in writing such a review article, are invited to discuss their idea with the Editor-in-Chief Ian Loader.
Racial and ethnic disparities in sentencing
Ana Veiga, Dr Jose Pina-Sanchez and Dr Sam Lewis, University of Leeds
Watch the video abstract for the article: "Racial and ethnic disparities in sentencing: what do we know, and where should we go?"
Progressive penality as performance
Dr Jamie Buchan, Edinburgh Napier University, and Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow
Watch the video abstract for the article: "Progressive penality as performance"
‘A whole new world …’: Exploring transcarceral habitus and women's transition from a closed to an open prison
-  31 October 2023
Criminal disenfranchisement: Developments in, and lessons from, Scotland
-  23 October 2023
Punished and banished: Non-citizen women's experiences in a Danish prison
-  27 September 2023
Can lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility be justified? A critical review of China's recent amendment
-  25 September 2023
Exploring the influence of job demands and resources on organisational justice views in a sample of correctional staff
-  23 September 2023
The following is a list of the most cited articles based on citations published in the last three years, according to CrossRef.
Towards Desistance: Theoretical Underpinnings for an Empirical Study
-  11 August 2004
Are Hope and Possibility Achievable in Prison?
-  2 January 2019
Children First, Offenders Second: The Centrality of Engagement in Positive Youth Justice
-  9 October 2014
‘It's No Time or High Time’: Young Offenders' Experiences of Time and Drug Use in Prison
-  28 June 2008
Voicing the Silent Fear: South Asian Women's Experiences of Domestic Violence
-  11 November 2004
The following is a list of the top downloaded articles from The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice in 2021.
Unlocking the Gates: an Examination of MSNBC Investigates – Lockup
Home as a Site of State‐Corporate Violence: Grenfell Tower, Aetiologies and Aftermaths
Seeing What is ‘Invisible in Plain Sight’: Policing Coercive Control
Policy Responses to Domestic Violence, the Criminalisation Thesis and ‘Learning from History’
Excavating Youth Justice Reform: Historical Mapping and Speculative Prospects
Becoming a Prison Officer: An Analysis of the Early Development of Prison Officer Cultures
Reporting Violence in the British Print Media: Gendered Stories
‘We've all got a big story’: Experiences of a Trauma-Informed Intervention in Prison
The Macpherson Report and the Question of Institutional Racism
- IssueVolume 62, Issue 3293-437September 2023
- IssueVolume 62, Issue 2147-291June 2023
- IssueVolume 62, Issue 1
Path Dependence and Criminal Justice Reform: Investigating Continuity and Change across Historical Time1-146March 2023Thomas Guiney, Ashley Rubin, Henry Yeomans
- IssueVolume 61, Issue 4405-560December 2022