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March 2013

Call For Papers: Contemporary Justice Review entitled “Animals & Issues of Law and Justice.”

This call for papers is also available as a Word Doc and a PDF.

Contemporary Justice Review
Special Issue: Animals & Issues of Law and Justice
Final Deadline: March 31, 2014

Contemporary Justice Review is calling for paper submissions addressing the topic “Animals & Issues of Law and Justice” for a special issue of the journal. While the disciplines of Animal Law, Sociology, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Biological Sciences, etc., publish extensively on issues concerns of non-human animals is interdisciplinary yet largely absent in criminology and justice studies. Therefore, bringing much needed attention to issues surrounding use, abuse, and research of animals demands CJR attention.
Contemporary Justice Review prefers articles written in accessible prose which avoids academic jargon and offers insights fostering justice in daily life, in this context, daily life involves the range of non-human animals and non-human animal companions. The proposed issue seeks papers placing non-human animals in an academic, practical, research, and other areas of interests and contexts.
Authors are encouraged to consider topics that may include, but are not limited to: animal abuse or cruelty; research on The Link involving the animal cruelty/family and/or interpersonal violence and their nexus; pet protective orders and domestic violence; animals as victims of crime; breed-specific legislation; dog- and cock-fighting and the connection to gang culture or other matters of justice; the development and evolution of animal law regarding areas of animal cruelty and animal welfare in various jurisdictions; an analysis of the philosophies of animal rights vs. utilitarianism; the use of animal assisted therapy when working with at-risk youth; historical analyses of the animal rights movement; the role of animal control agencies in dealing with crimes against animals; animal welfare issues generally (i.e., the treatment of animals used in…

Publication Announcement: Climate Change and Crime: Monthly Temperature and Precipitation Anomalies and Crime Rates in St. Louis, MO 1990–2009


This study provides insights on how climate change may already be impacting crime rates. Based on analysis of 20 years of monthly data from St. Louis, MO, this study finds that most major crime types are likely to be impacted by rising temperatures. Whereas previous studies on the impact of climate change have used annual data, the current study suggests that shorter time periods provide a more accurate assessment once seasonality effects are accounted for. What is more this study incorporates not just temperature data, but also precipitation data. Results indicate that the relation between climate change and crime is significant for most crime categories. While the strength of the relationship between temperature anomalies and crime may appear relatively mild, considering potential future warming, climate change may come to have a significant impact on crime rates. Theory and policy implications are discussed.”

Article available for free viewing online or as PDF download at…

The Green Criminology Monthly #7 – March 2013 – On the Parallels between Studies of Green and State Crimes

Welcome to the seventh issue of The Green Criminology Monthly by the IGCWG. Written and reviewed by the members of the International Green Criminology Working Group, The Green Criminology Monthly is a source of original research and publication on green criminology, environmental crime, and other issues concerning criminology. Each month a issue of this publication will be posted to our blog.

The article is available below in its full form, and is also available as a downloadable PDF file on our Monthly Archive Page. We have stopped providing .DOC versions of The Monthly due to a lack of use, but it can be made available on request by emailing greencriminology (at)

On the Parallels between Studies of Green and State Crimes
Christopher Moloney
School of Social Sciences
Colorado State University


The goal of this brief essay is to acknowledge the parallels between green and state crime research. Green criminologists should attend to whether or not the particular green issue they are working on might be framed simultaneously as both a green and state crime. That is, moving forward, green crime scholars whose work intersects with environmental harms, social harms and state actions or inactions should strive for a “green crime/state crime” synthesis. Ideally, this essay will hold interest to established green crime researchers, but I am especially hopeful that young researchers new to the green crime discipline will find this essay informative and potentially helpful as they seek to develop their own green crime scholarship.

Towards a Green Crime/State Crime Synthesis

The origins of both green and state crime studies can be traced to the rise of critical and radical criminology in the 1960s (Chambliss et al. 2010; Lynch 1990; Yar 2012). It is fair to say, without belaboring the point, that these anti-establishment roots with foci on issues of environmental and social justice intimately link the two…

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