40th Anniversary Issue: Legacies of Radical Criminology in the US, Vol. 40:1-2



Legacies of Radical Criminology in the United States

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of our journal, we are proud to announce the release of a special issue examining the history and the future of radical criminology.

Building upon an academic seminar on the legacy of the Berkeley School of Criminology, infamously shut down by Ronald Reagan in 1976, this issue includes original writings by some of the most influential voices of the radical criminological tradition and the radical movements of the 1970s, together with analyses by and interviews with leading figures of the crime and social justice field today. The volume also includes an anthology of ten hard-to-find “foundational” pieces from the 1970s and early 1980s that laid the basis for subsequent critical analyses of crime and social control.

Taken together, this collection revisits and updates the radical criminology tradition, showing its continuing relevance for today’s challenges.


Introduction, by Tony Platt (free download)


A Radical Need for Criminology, by Jonathan Simon
Reform or Revolution, by Alessandro De Giorgi
1977, Bologna to San Francisco, by Dario Melossi
– Interview with Angela Davis
– Two Interviews with Ericka Huggins
A Spectre Is Haunting Law and Society, by David Stein


Defenders of Order or Guardians of Human Rights? by Herman Schwendinger and Julia Schwendinger (1970)
A Garrison State in “Democratic” Society, by Paul Takagi (1974)
Editorial: Berkeley School of Criminology, by CSJ Editors (1976)
Karl Marx and the Theft of Wood, by Peter Linebaugh (1976)
Any Woman’s Blues, by Dorie Klein and June Kress (1976)
Intellectuals for Law and Order, by Tony Platt and Paul Takagi (1977)
Street Crime: A View from the Left, by Tony Platt (1978)
The San Quentin Six Case, by Karen Wald (1980)
Labor Market and Penal Sanction, by Georg Rusche (1980)
Punishment and Social Structure, by Dario Melossi (1980)


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