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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Introduction to this Blog

Issues of Crime and Criminality should not rest in the hands of the politicians and policy makers. These are issues that need to be questioned, discussed and debated by many. When I am teaching my Criminology students and see their reactions while we discuss topics such as moral panics, the social construction of crime, and the misrepresentation of "official" criminal statistics, it makes me want to share this information and debate these issues with everyone.

If the wider public had a better understanding of the issues that surround crime and criminality then it may be the case that public pressure and "outrage" could be redirected and be used as a tool to pressure politicians and policy makers to make truly informed decisions about punishments and interventions instead of making highly politicised decisions. 

The purpose of this blog is to share information with readers and to discuss issues that deserve to be discussed and debated. Readers are welcome to comment and share opinions; however, we would like to continue to be productive so please keep your comments respectful. 

If there is any particular issue or topic you would like to see discussed, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to write about your topic of interest. 

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