Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency

button2_espanolThe Research & Evaluation Center is the editorial home of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (JRCD), edited by Dr. Michael Maxfield, Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College in New York City. JRCD has been published in collaboration with John Jay College since 2010. Chunrye Kim, Graduate Research Fellow in the Research & Evaluation Center, is Managing Editor of JRCD.

Originally a research publication of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, JRCD is now a product of Sage Publications and a top journal in the field of criminology and criminal justice. JRCD is peer-reviewed and publishes six issues per year. Beginning in 2014, the journal also features one special issue per year on contemporary  research. 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.


head_maxfieldMichael Maxfield is Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College in the City University of New York and editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. He is the author of numerous articles and books on a variety of topics — victimization, policing, homicide, community corrections, auto theft, and long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect. He is the coauthor (with Earl Babbie) of the textbook, Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology. Professor Maxfield received his Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University.
Chunrye Kim is managing editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency and a Ph.D. student in criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. She is also a Graduate Research Fellow in the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay. She graduated from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea and holds an MA in criminology from John Jay College.

Associate Editors

jrcd_editors_fisherBonnie S. Fisher received her PhD in political science from Northwestern University. She served three years on the faculty of the department of city and regional planning at the Ohio State University before joining the faculty at the University of Cincinnati. She focuses on issues concerning crimes against and within small businesses, fear of crime, crime prevention and security, and the measurement of victimization and attitudes. Her work has included federally-sponsored projects on sexual victimization among college students, violence against college women, and campus-level responses to reports of sexual assault.
jrcd_editors_mcgloinJean McGloin received the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. Her research interests focus on groups and crime, which is reflected in research programs on theoretical explanations of peer influence, the role of peer network structure in shaping delinquency, and the extent to which individual characteristics (e.g., immigrant status, gender) condition peer influence. Her recent papers address the extent to which the larger social context of schoolmates’ delinquency affects the strength of the peer group’s influence on delinquency.
jrcd_editors_miller2Joel Miller earned the Ph.D. from the University of Surrey. He spent nearly two decades conducting criminal justice research in both academic and policy settings before joining the faculty at Rutgers University in 2009. His work is international in scope, including positions with the UK Home Office, the University of Malaga in Spain, and the Vera Institute of Justice in New York. He has conducted studies on risk assessment, offender rehabilitation, and police accountability.
jrcd_editors_ouimetMarc Ouimet is a member of the faculty at the University of Montreal. He received the Ph.D. from Rutgers University. His work has included projects on homicide, criminogenic factors in theories of crime and delinquency, the impact of pornography on violence against women, and the influence of economic downturns on crime rates, and international comparisons of crime.
jrcd_editors_sullivanChristopher Sullivan received the Ph.D. from Rutgers University and he is currently on the faculty in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. His research interests include developmental and life-course criminology, juvenile delinquency and prevention policy, and research methodology. Recent publications have focused on recidivism, deviance, victimization trajectories, and risk factors in delinquency and drug use.
Editorial Board

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