Center for Public Criminology

The panopticon concept was pioneered and developed by philosopher Jeremy Bentham, who was inspired by his brother’s method of supervising workers in a factory.

The idea, which could theoretically be implemented in not only prisons, but hospitals and schools, is a circular building with a central tower and cells occupying the outer wall. Prisoners would not be able to tell when they were being watched from the tower, and according to Bentham’s theory, would therefore take care to discipline themselves.

Crime ranks among the most important and intractable problems in American society. Issues related to crime and criminal justice receive significant attention from the research community. The Center for Public Criminology translates evidence-based knowledge into policy and action to drive solutions. Like the panopticon concept where surveillance is pervasive, harnessing the power of technology, we can produce change and disseminate knowledge quickly. 

Center Highlights

Dr. Lois JamesDr. Lois James is an assistant professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing. As a core faculty member in WSU's Sleep and Performance Research Center, Dr.

Center of Public Criminology Director Scott Decker co-authored a study examining whether "de-policing," or withdrawal from active police work, had occurred in Missouri police departments after protests in Ferguson, Missouri following the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Edward MaguireDr. Edward Maguire is a professor in the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice. He has written or edited three books and more than 70 journal articles and book chapters on various themes related to policing, violence, organization theory, and social science methodology.

Criminology in the News

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An Arizona State University professor’s new research has discovered that teenagers’ positive perceptions of law enforcement have decreased dramatically in the past few years, even as their confiden

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The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University has announced its 2019 alumni awards, which this year included three categories.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring

Crime is down in Arizona but more people are in prison, and confronting that issue will require a broad range of changes plus a lot of courage, according to a group discussion on criminal justice r

Momentum is beginning to shift toward addressing the effects of mass incarceration, and Arizona State University has several initiatives to address the growing concern over the fate of people in pr

African-American law enforcement officers must balance two identities simultaneously during these complicated times, and each identity serves the other, according to a panel discussion at Arizona S

A new Arizona State University study has found that boys whose parents were less involved and communicative with them during childhood were significantly more likely to carry a gun during their tee

The online undergraduate program at Arizona State University has been ranked No. 2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, earning a score of 98 out of 100.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate online degree at Arizona State University No. 6 in the United States.

Arizona State University graduate Philip Wellwerts beat the odds and then some. His father was incarcerated just a few months before he was born.

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Graduates of Arizona State University's Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions fared well in the November general election. One was elected to the U.S.

When Cody Telep isn’t teaching class, you’ll find him in the field working with police officers to determine what works to reduce crime or sharing what he's learned with other police agencies and c

Guns — few issues evoke as much passion and raw emotion from almost all corners of society. No matter what your opinion of them is, they are a defining part of what it means to be an American.

Medical and academic researchers are conducting the first major study in 20 years on firearm injuries and deaths of children and teens.