Randall G. Shelden, Criminologist



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Special Announcements


Prison: The Hidden Sentence:



NEW!!! A must see video: Slavery by Another Name:


NEW!!! A New Poem by Tanesha Buckley - Click Here: Poems Related to Police by UNLV Graduate Student Tanesha L. Q Buckley


NEW!!! Speaking of Slavery check this out:  America Was Built On Slavery and It Was Much Worse Than You Might Imagine


Death of Jerome Miller


Sign this petition for Michael DiVicino:

Read my recent letter to the governor of California: Michael DiVicino


Locking up immigrants for profit - video:



Update: Nevada bill to allow guns on campus defeated!


Background variables such as race and family income/education predicts who graduates from college.  This is a good read:


Study makes reference to the correlation between religious belief and various measures of social dysfunction including homicides, the proportion of people incarcerated, infant mortality, sexually transmitted diseases, teenage births, abortions, corruption, income inequality, etc.  Religion’s Smart People Problem: The Shaky Intellectual Foundation for Belief



Los Angeles Times Special on the Wrongfully Convicted:





A must see - Why Washington is corrupt.


Crime Mapping in Los Angeles:

Within South L.A.'s killing zone, a haven from violence

   See also this interactive map of homicides:


Update: LA Homicide: South Vermont Avenue: L.A. County’s ‘death alley’


In the News


NEW!!!  America's War on Children: The Wealthy Scapegoat the Victims


NEW!!! Why Does America Arrest So Many People—And How Can We Stop It?


NEW!!! Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’


NEW!!! Criminals Should Get Same Leniency as Corporations, Judge Says


We’re now averaging more than one mass shooting per day in 2015


Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus


General Motors will pay $900 million to settle criminal charges related to its flawed ignition switch that has been tied to at least 124 deaths.


Texas student says he’s falsely accused of making ‘hoax bomb’ and then withdraws from school


Suit Alleges Scheme in Criminal Costs Borne by New Orleans’s Poor


Everyone should read this:


How Sports, Military, Police and the Security Industry, Mixed with Trauma, Creates Modern Dangerous Macho Men


Kids challenge ignorant state legislators!  You must watch this!


Debra Jean Milke, Arizona woman who spent 22 years on death row, has murder case tossed


Ohio court awards wrongly imprisoned man over $1 million


4 Numbers That Prove America Is a Deeply Messed Up Place


State to close juvenile correctional facility north of Las Vegas - see old commentary I wrote: Close Summit View

Now they want to reopen it again!


This is no joke Proposal to Allow Guns in Day Care Centers and Schools in Nevada - See my commentary



8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments


Two new commentaries by Mike Males addresses myths about kids:

         Only Certain Young Victims Matter; Millions of new dollars to fight Chicago "youth violence" -- but no new ideas


6 Companies That Make Their Money Ensnaring People In Our Prison System


An Update: Remains of 55 bodies found near former Florida reform school (for previous stories about this click on "Delinquency and Juvenile Justice" (above left corner of page) and scroll down.


How Private Probation Companies Make Money From the Americans They Trap in the Criminal Justice System


Excellent piece my Mike Males: CNN, “Experts” Reiterate the Press’s Ethic: It’s OK to Lie about Kids


Study shows increase in religious-related violence


Walking While Black - Basketball players again!


Half of all black men arrested, study shows:


Standing While Black: 3 Black Students Arrested for Waiting for School Bus

16-Year-Old Jailed at Rikers for 3 Years Without Trial


Two Poverty Related Items addresses big myths about the Poor


       Paul Krugman: A War on the Poor

      Dave Johnson: Six Myths About Food Stamps


The Public Health Cost of Gun Violence


Use of tough federal sentencing laws varies widely nationwide


New study reveals that rich kids make huge progress in educational attainment which poor kids fall further behind: No Rich Child Left Behind


Registry tallies over 2,000 wrongful convictions since 1989



Mentally challenged man freed 14 years after false confession


To all who watch CSI programs, read this: The Real CSI: How America's Patchwork System of Death Investigations Puts the Living At Risk


























The Gun Business, Part II (11/13/15)


The Business of Guns (10/12/15)


Corporations Kill (9/26/15)


Two Nations, One Black, One White, Separate and Unequal (5/18/15)


Proposal to Allow Guns in Day Care Centers and Schools in Nevada (3/10/15)

From Selma to Ferguson (1/27/15)

Ferguson Redux: The Fire This Time (11/26/14)


The Sixties Have Returned in Ferguson




Eugenics: a theory that refuses to die



Ferguson and the militarization of the police



Apartheid Schooling (5/24/14)


Court Rules that Plutocracy is OK  (4/23/14)


Eight year Old Girl Not “Feminine” Enough for Christian School (3/29/14)


What Goes Around, Comes Around



Being a Young Black Basketball Player is Dangerous to Your Health (1/19/14)



Research Articles:

Policing Black Communities: From Selma to Ferguson (10/15/15)

Profits over People: Offenders in High Places (9/26/15)

The American Legislative Exchange Council (11/16/11)

Punishment for Sale (11/7/10)

From Poorhouses to Jails: Same Function, Different Time (4/27/10)

Our Punitive Society (11/11/09)

Exit Exams, the Prison Pipeline and Getting Tough Anyway (11/9/09)

Conservative, Liberal and Radical Views of Crime (9/17/09) - revised and updated on 2/20/11