Randall G. Shelden, Criminologist



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"Today, more than half of the $80 billion spent annually on incarceration by government agencies is used to pay the thousands of vendors that serve the criminal legal system. They are healthcare providers, food suppliers, and commissary merchants, among others. And many have devised strategies to extract billions more from the directly impacted communities supporting their incarcerated loved ones."

Source: The Prison Industrial Complex: Mapping Private Sector Players



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Shelden's a novelist!! My first novel. If you like baseball and romance you might like this: "An Improbable Rise"


Poem about the Struggle with Addiction by Ericka Smith


Department of Justice's Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department


 A must see video: Slavery by Another Name:



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


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! 27 children removed from Montana treatment facility over allegations of 'egregious' abuse


Booker releases plan to address gun violence


People in Alabama Prisons Are Shackled to Buckets for Days on End


 Florida legislators agree to limit felons’ voting rights. Critics call it a new poll tax.


NEW! A revolutionary development: San Francisco calls for juvenile hall closure in favor of community-based alternatives; Follow-up on Closure of Juvenile Hall:



Sacramento Police Officers Who Shot Unarmed Stephon Clark Won’t Face Charges

Racism is alive and well today: Alabama Newspaper Publisher Calls On KKK To Get The Ropes And ‘Clean Up D.C.’



High Rates of Incarceration Not Linked to Less Crime


Boston police face lawsuit over listing hats and selfies as gang symbols


Trump's immigrant roundups increasingly net noncriminals



Neoliberalism Is Taking a Steep Toll on an Entire Generation's Mental Health


2018-19 Budget Proposal Would Expand California’s Youth Correctional System at a Time of Falling Populations


Here's something related to the Flint water crisis. Water is a world-wide issue:


Another update on Flint: Lead in Flint's water linked to decline in birth rate


It's Boom Times for Billionaires


More Arrests for Marijuana Than for Violent Crime Last Year


16 Most Segregated Cities in America


New riots over police shooting raise the question: What is it about St. Louis?


California Has a System That Punishes the Poor Through Traffic Violations


Social norms fraying as hate rises in Trump's America


GOP Congressman On Suspected Islamic Radicals: 'Kill Them All'


Trump - Totalitarian or Authoritarian?


US anti-Trump protesters facing decades behind bars


City Wants to Police Sagging Pants - only in America!


Catholic nun speaks out on abortion


Jeff Sessions is ordering the Justice Department to review its policy on marijuana


Dutch Kids Aren't Stressed Out: What Americans Can Learn From How the Netherlands Raises Children

UNICEF report on children's well-being:


Teen Brain Non-Science Debunked

Private Prison Execs Are Gloating Over Soaring Profits from Trump's Mass Deportation Agenda


A must read!

Will Americans Submit to Despotism in an Urge to 'Escape from Freedom'? Erich Fromm Saw It Coming


Part of what Fromm wrote about: Trump Supporters Call For 'Liberal Genocide' and Deportation of Jews at Arizona Rally

Seattle judge derided by Trump known as conservative jurist

A Year Later, Unfiltered Flint Tap Water Is Still Unsafe To Drink


Afghan opium cultivation spikes as eradication efforts collapse


The Lessons of California for Juvenile Justice Reform


Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on Prisons


Mike Males on the ineffectiveness of youth curfews


Charter School Insiders Now Admit Public Education Can't Be Remade In Wall St.'s Image; related story:

Billionaire Funded Charter School Juggernaut Hits Roadblock in Los Angeles


Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prison


Mike Males critiques "brain science" argument: Enough Nonsense on Youthful (In)competence


Kids suffering in Flint - several stories related to bad water (see my commentary):


The 2015 Corporate Rap Sheet


A Child Is Shot To Death Every Other Day In The U.S.


Gunmaker Smith & Wesson up almost 100% in 2015


Which States Expanded Gun Rights After Sandy Hook School Massacre


San Bernardino Massacre:


Related stories: How They Got Their Guns; Weapons in San Bernardino Shootings Were Legally Obtained;

In Other Countries, You’re as Likely to Be Killed by a Falling Object as by a Gun; NRA donations to politicians


See how the GOP responded: GOP Blocks vote on gun law: Tough Talk and a Cowardly Vote on Terrorism


Mike Males: Misdirected Juvenile Justice Consensus Creates Backwards Policy


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


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

























Profiting from Crime and Perpetuating Poverty (12/14/18)

Your Tax Dollars at Work (7/9/19)

Research Articles:


Incarceration in the United States (5/11/19)



See archives for previous commentaries and research articles: