Criminology 102

On December 14, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM (Eastern), the Smart Policing Initiative presented a webinar on "Criminology 102: Busted Myths in Criminology". This webinar was presented by Dr. Scott Decker, SPI Subject Matter Expert and Foundation Professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. The past two decades of research have challenged many conventional assumptions about crime and criminal justice. These include such things as “nothing works”, that crime is going up, that simply providing more resources affects crime and that prevention doesn’t work. These assumptions are largely based on old or public misconceptions about criminal justice. Addressing these myths is important because progress can be made against crime by using current research and data about crime problems and criminal justice responses. The webinar identifies ten of these “myths” and discuss the evidence that suggests that indeed these are myths. Most importantly, the webinar  examines how the research evidence can lead to data-driven solutions. 

You can view the slides from this webinar here.


Recommended Reading

In order to maximize learning, we provide recommended reading for participants to undertake before the webinar presentation.  By reading the recommended materials, participants will come to the webinar presentation with a basic understanding of the issues, prepared with questions, and ready to make the most of the learning environment.

Prior to this webinar, we recommend reading the following:

  • Sense and Nonsense about Crime, Drugs and Communities. Samuel Walker, Cengage Learning. 2014.
  • The New Criminal JusticeJohn Klofas, (Ed.). 2010. New York: Routledge

You may also benefit from viewing or reviewing the 2014 SPI webinar presented by Dr. Decker titled Criminology 101, available to view on the SPI website here.