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16 Sep 2015

The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice – new title, new editor, new direction

The Howard League for Penal Reform is very pleased to announce that its journal will be relaunched in 2016 – when the charity will celebrate its 150th birthday.

The journal, which was founded in 1921, will have a new title, The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, with a new editor – Professor Ian Loader, from the University of Oxford.

The new title better reflects the scope of the publication which, as an international peer-reviewed journal, seeks to publish high-quality theory, research and debate on all aspects of the relationship between crime and justice across the globe.

It will be a leading forum for conversation between academic theory and research and the cultures, policies and practices of the range of institutions concerned with harm, security and justice.

Anita Dockley, Research Director of the Howard League for Penal Reform and Managing Editor of the journal, said: “The Howard League has a proud history in publishing an academic journal which supports and develops thinking in the area of crime and penal reform. The charity is really excited about the potential that the newly established Howard Journal of Crime and Justice presents under the leadership of Ian Loader. We are seeking to develop the level of debate about crime and justice among academics as well as those interested in crime and penal policy, drawing on the best scholarship from around the world.”

Professor Ian Loader, the journal’s incoming Editor-in-Chief, said: ‘This is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice into an influential international journal at the forefront of thinking about ideas and issues that impact on crime and justice globally. There is a sense that this is the time to reconsider how we approach crime and justice, not just in the UK but around the world, in the wake of austerity and diminishing justice budgets as well as the implications of the reduced rates of crime. This journal has the capacity to be at the forefront developing, rethinking and challenging the basis of future ideas.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the world. It is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.
  2. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice is published by Wiley Blackwell. Please visit the journal website for full details about how to submit papers for review.
  3. Professor Ian Loader is Professor of Criminology and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
  4. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice replaces The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.
  5.  A statement of the full aims and scope of The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice is available here.
  6. The editorial team is in the process of constituting a new editorial board, which will be publicised in due course.

Further information

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