Randall G. Shelden, Criminologist



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Special Announcements


NEW!!  Sign this petition for Michael DiVicino:

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


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:



Poems Related to Police by UNLV Graduate Student Tanesha L. Q Buckley


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!!! Kids challenge ignorant state legislators!  You must watch this!



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


NEW!!! Ohio court awards wrongly imprisoned man over $1 million


NEW!!! 4 Numbers That Prove America Is a Deeply Messed Up Place


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

On Second Thought:


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


 Life in Prison for Selling $20 of Weed


John Legend was correct: there are more black men in prison than slaves:


Jails Have Become Warehouses for the Poor, Ill and Addicted, a Report Says


8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments


History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names


3 sentenced to prison in slaying of black man in Mississippi


Ferguson sued over alleged modern-day debtors’ prison


What You Absolutely Must Understand About How Poverty Impacts Education


The Relevance of "Selma":  Four Ways Republicans Are Trying to Take Us Back to the Jim Crow Era


Outrageous!!!  Outrage after south Florida police use black mugshots as targets


Youth under arrest helps save life of officer booking him:



WTF!!!  New Bill Would Make Wearing Hoodies A Crime

Two new reports on private prisons:;


NEW!!  The Crime of Poverty: 'Some Sort of Hell': How One of the Wealthiest Cities in America Treats Its Homeless



So what else is new? Sharp Racial Divisions in Reactions to Brown, Garner Decisions


Black Female Victims Ignored by Media


30 of the Most Violent Exhortations from the Bible, Torah and Quran


The Ten Commandments had no influence on American law: 5 Things the Religious Right Needs to Learn About the 10 Commandments


Someone quoted Anatole France: Equality before the law doesn’t mean justice will be done


The Central Park Five's Long Legal Nightmare Ends As Judge Approves $41 Million Settlement


Justice Department to investigate Ferguson Police Department



Scientists Discover the Fascinating Psychological Reason Why Conservatives Are…Conservative


A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in Ferguson


Ferguson Shooting - a collection of news stories


Street interviews in Ferguson revealing - watch video:



John Oliver's Brilliant Rant on Why Police Must Have Their Military 'Toys' Taken Away



Commentary on the Supreme Court Case continues:





A rather shocking video!



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


























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:

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