Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency

The Research and Evaluation Center was the editorial home of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (JRCD) from 2014 to 2016. Edited by Dr. Michael Maxfield, Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College, JRCD was published in collaboration with John Jay College beginning in 2010. Chunrye Kim, Graduate Research Fellow in the Research & Evaluation Center, was Managing Editor of JRCD. For more than  fifty years, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency has published rigorous research on the full range of social, political, and economic contexts related to crime and justice, including articles on theory, criminal justice operations, criminal offenders and victims, and the effectiveness of policies and practices in courts, corrections, and communities.

Selected Articles

The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency publishes some of the most influential articles in the fields of criminal justice and criminology. A small sample of the most important and widely read articles in recent years includes the following:


Special Issue on “Broken Windows”


Looking Back to Move Forward: Some Thoughts on Measuring Crime and Delinquency over the Past 50 Years
Christopher J. Sullivan and Jean Marie McGloin

Explaining High-Risk Concentrations of Crime in the City: Social Disorganization, Crime Opportunities, and Important Next Steps
Anthony A. Braga and Ronald V. Clarke


Individual Offending, Routine Activities, and Activity Settings: Revisiting the Routine Activity Theory of General Deviance
Joel Miller

Child Abuse and Neglect, Developmental Role Attainment, and Adult Arrests
Maureen A. Allwood and Cathy Spatz Widom


The Effects of Focused Deterrence Strategies on Crime: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Empirical Evidence
Anthony A. Braga and David L. Weisburd

Unsafe at Any Age: Linking Childhood and Adolescent Maltreatment to Delinquency and Crime
Joshua P. Mersky, James Topitzes, and Arthur J. Reynolds


Influence or Convenience? Disentangling Peer Influence and Co-offending for Chronic offenders
Jean Marie McGloin and Wendy Povitsky Stickle

The Crime Drop and the Security Hypothesis
Graham Farrell, Andromachi Tseloni, Jen Mailley, and Nick Tilley


The Cumulative Effect of Race and Ethnicity in Juvenile Court Outcomes and Why Preadjudication Detention Matters
Nancy Rodriguez


Reconsidering the Relationship between Race and Crime: Positive and Negative Predictors of Crime among African American Youth
Bradley R. Entner Wright and C. Wesley Younts


Inmate Social Ties and the Transition to Society: Does Visitation Reduce Recidivism?
William D. Bales and Daniel P. Mears


Prosecutorial Discretion and the Imposition of Mandatory Minimum Sentences
Jeffery T. Ulmer, Megan C. Kurlychek, and John H. Kramer


Official Labeling, Criminal Embeddedness, and Subsequent Delinquency A Longitudinal Test of Labeling Theory
Jón Gunnar Bernburg, Marvin D. Krohn and Craig J. Rivera