The "New School of Convict Criminology" is a relatively new and controversial perspective in the field of corrections and the academic field of criminology. It challenges the way crime and
correctional problems are traditionally represented and discussed by researchers, policymakers, and politicians.
Our use of "New" is mirrored on Taylor, Walton, and Young's (1973) seminal work The New Criminology. This monograph generated considerable controversy and intellectual debate in our
discipline. These authors were critical of positivist, functionalist, and labeling approaches that failed to consider how the criminal law, policing, and corrections were socio-political
constructions of class domination and the logical priorities of capitalism. Our use of the word "school" is similar to the Frankfurt School and the New School of Social Research, which
suggests a collective effort grounded in a creative and critical research tradition. (Richards and Ross, 2001: 186)
Convict Criminology emerged as a result of the frustration ex-convict academics experienced with the understanding of crime and its control. It challenges the way crime and correctional
problems are traditionally represented and discussed by researchers, policymakers, and politicians.
Convict Criminology endeavors to assist advocates, communities, legislators, and all stakeholders with reaching a more complete understanding of the social policies and practice of our
criminal justice system and the circumstances of those having experienced imprisonment in the U.S. and internationally.
Convict Criminology International
At the 2011 British Society of Criminology annual conference in Newcastle a small group of academics discussed the viability of establishing a Convict Criminology group, modelled
on Convict Criminology established in the USA, and developing critical research and publication of their experiences.