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Hi all,

Yet again I'm feeling rather overwhelmed both by the amount of work CrimeTalk requires and by the terrific amount of support I have out there for what I'm doing. Our 'unique visitor' rate has levelled at around 4,000 a month and you have sent me plenty of good stuff to publish. Keep it coming! I am looking for stuff to publish in September and beyond.

Alas, financially things are not so good with no donations at all and few sales through our Amazon associate Bookshop. The costs of running CrimeTalk are significant enough to hurt. Please, if you value what I have been doing here or use my product, make a little donation, or just buy a book or indeed any other object, through our Amazon Bookshop [use Search to find other objects]....

Money matters, and open access philosophy, something I've explored in CrimeTalk, does not for one minute mean its supporters are wealthy people who can afford to work for nothing. Personally, I loathe our 'something for nothing' culture.....Anyway, partly because of money, and partly because I might as well be properly paid for something I do naturally, as from August 1st I return to academic social science.

I am delighted to announce that I've taken up a permanent appointment in Ireland, at University College Cork, in their excellent Sociology Department. I hope that CrimeTalk will flourish in its editor's new location. Of course, our web host's servers remain in Dallas and Chicago. The magazine might have a slightly more Irish flavour from now on, although the issues are the same everywhere. Apologies to Australia and Africa for not expanding CrimeTalk your way just yet. It's been a busy time and will remain so for a couple of months yet, no doubt.

Getting round the site: I have made it simpler to comment on articles now by disabling the 'add comment' button and replacing it with a 'leave a reply' box and 'reply' to comments buttons. Do remember to log in first! There is now a Student Projects sub-menu under Research, where one postgrad survey is working well, and a Courses sub-menu under Education, where you can advertise and where another survey on the revamped Hong Kong M.SocSci. is posted. My own substantive articles are now collected under Editor's Blog, front page and under the Library menu. Finally, to see what has been added to the site recently, do check in to the Recent Activities page in our CrimSoc social network centre.

CrimeTalk Books: this is now a sub-menu item under the Shop menu and of course marks the fact that we are now a publisher and not just a website. My Obituario to the Sociologia de la Desviacion is now in h/b, p/b and pdf [£4.95], and Frank Pearce & Steve Tombs' book Bhopal: Flowers at the Altar of Profit and Power was published in June in pdf [£3.95]The books are published by CrimeTalk Books and sold through YPD books. They are priced very reasonably indeed. Do please consider buying them for your university library and recommending them to students next year! The pdfs read really well on your desktop & were not intended for hand-helds. The technology is so proprietary that unless you write in Amazon or Apple formats it's a nightmare turning a pdf into an ebook for a handheld.

All the authors' royalties on Bhopal: Flowers at the Altar of Profit and Power will be going to theBhopal Medical Appeal so by buying the book you can help the victims of this continuing disaster. For another source of information on that, do see Bhopali, a documentary film by Van Maximilian Carlson, on DVD available at the film's site: http://www.bhopalithemovie.com/press/

CrimeTalk Books

Sociologìa de la Desviación: un Obituario

The Sociology of Deviance: an Obituary

Bhopal: Flowers at the Altar of Profit and Power

We have published a lot again this month and a wider range of stuff than ever. The articles have been widely read and I'm told by several authors that they have substantial (and good) feedback, sometimes even in 'high' places. Sean Creaney's article Predicting young criminals even smashed our house record with nearly 4,000 hits so far. And Steven Bittle's review of Glenn Greenwald's With Liberty and Justice for Some, attracted 700 readers in 2 nights once Glenn tweeted it! See also:

Wall Street Crimes II: Dodd-Frank and the limits of regulatory reform

Probation, economic insecurity and justice reform: the Arab Spring and lessons from Latvia

Restorative justice, restorative approaches and schools

Early interventions, troubled youth and labelling

Moral standards in the City

Public engagement, mass media and science

Academic journals: an open and shut case

Imagining the Future of the University

Wellcome Trust joins 'academic spring' to open up science

The Comments recently have been especially good too:

Torture, not medicine. Graphic scene of shock treatment on young boy

You Are All Suspects Now. What Are You Going to Do About It?

Sexual assault by police and soldiers in Uganda

Declining moral standards amongst our youths?

Banking: the Diamond standard, a culture of cheating without prosecution

Banking frauds: the failure of liberal-left criminology

From Bangor to North Korea: Curfew orders in North Wales

Electric shocks on the disabled in Mass. USA update

Government to open up publicly funded research

Making friends: US kills Indian fisherman, wounds three in Persian Gulf

I continue to populate the Archive, whose menu I have now re-expanded to make it clearer the size of the resource building up there, and of course the Press Cuttings.

I hope you continue to enjoy CrimeTalk and to introduce it to new readers as a not-for-profit educational resource. The character of this online magazine is developing as an informal tool for students and academics. It is not attracting criminal justice people or even many in social work or probation. So I am very much rethinking where we go from here.

I am very tempted to continue CrimeTalk as a critical criminology magazine, with a coop-type structure and funding through paid-for shares, with most of the present features but including a peer-reviewed academic journal. All comments and thoughts welcome! Now's the time to speak up and throw your 5-penny worth in!


Colin Sumner


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Hi all, and welcome again to new members!

During the last two months, we were joined by students from the University of Ulster - hopefully, you all received your welcome email, if not please do let me know. You join students from many universities who use CrimeTalk on a regular basis. Do use it to the full and contribute with articles and comments - we want to hear your voice. Just log in, after registering, to post or comment. If you have some good work, send me an excerpt at colinsumner@crimetalk.org.uk and you might find you'll soon be a published writer! Short comments of under 1,500 words around some important data or law or media output are the most likely to get published.

It was another record-breaking period for CrimeTalk: unique visitors shot through the roof in March, smashing the 3,000 barrier and going on to a best ever 4,396. April hit 4123, so we've clearly moved onto a new level. Nothing compared to MumsNet, but it's good for what people see as a study resource. Membership rose to 183 and the Twitter following stands at 1013; all of which is good considering I have done little marketing and am retaining high standards of content. It would be easy to double the numbers by halving the standards....

This month, the other major development was that we finally launched CrimeTalk Booksand became a full-fledged publisher. The first publication is the Spanish translation of my obituary to the sociology of deviance: Sociologìa de la Desviación: un Obituario. This will be in h/b, p/b and 2 e-book formats. The paperback is now available, with the hardback and e-book to follow soon. It will be closely followed in May by 2 e-books: on Bhopal [Frank Pearce and Steve Tombs] and Nino [Amedeo Cottino]. Support CrimeTalk by buying our books! They are bought through YPD Books, a service for independent publishers: 

YPD Books

This first book is academic but I am very interested in publishing less technical but high quality, shorter, and popularized e-books. Submissions, and discussions about submissions, are very welcome. The e-book world is exciting, and not just new technology but a format enabling new creative forms using weblinks, photos and video. 

CrimeTalk Books

Sociologìa de la Desviación: un Obituario

My idea of Correspondents is not working out as well, because even with enthusiasm everyone has to do their 'day job'. However, I will persevere with that idea and so welcomemore Correspondents from all over the world to contribute local news, short comments, tweets, etc and to commission articles. The work does develop journalistic skills and knowledge of social media and so suit the journalistically inclined grad student or young prof/lecturer - I'll train up anyone who wants to learn these skills. Trust me, they will augment your marketability in today's world.

There have been changes to the site: following useful feedback I created a CrimeTalk Help and Info box on the front page bottom right; I've created a Forthcoming box to advertiseCrimeTalk Books on the top right of the front/home page; modified the weblinks archive; built a Latest Links list on the Archive page for a quick catch-up; gathered most of my own writings in a new Editor's Blog module; and I've revamped our Facebook page...and probably other tinkering.

This month, because of CrimeTalk, I was invited to the press screening of At Home with the Noonans, a new documentary series on a powerful Manchester gangland family, based on 10 years' filming directed by Donal McIntyre, one of Britain's top investigative reporters. Reviews of the series which began on CI [the Crime and Investigation channel, Sky 553] are most welcome and will be fed back to Donal and the production team: see At Home with the Noonans. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of greater two-way collaboration withtelevision companies and investigative journalists.

Finally, all UK readers, do please understand that you can help me cover my costs quite simply and painlessly by buying anything from Amazon via CrimeTalk. The small commission we get will help sustain the project. Books can be bought through ourBookshop, and for anything else just use the Search box on the Bookshop page to do your buying. Please support us!

Thanks for your continued interest in CrimeTalk,

Colin Sumner

Editor, colinsumner@crimetalk.org.uk

As always, this last month or so we published a huge range of interesting stuff. Some feature articles:

Nino, Part 6: Prison, criminal culture and the possibility of change

Financially Respectable Crimes of Wall Street

Several of the InBrief comments were exceptionally popular:

Lost innocence: children accused of sex crimes in Hong Kong

A Greek tragedy as suicides soar

Facebook foolishness by lawmen

US soldier massacres Afghan civilians

Going straight, or not, after a prison sentence

Where next for criminal justice?

The barbaric incarceration of America's youth

Bronx activists defend abortion rights

The Crime and Disorder Act - overlapping legislation or a forgotten philosophy?

Masses of really useful Social Data was uploaded:

Poet Laureate takes on the witches

The Titanic: class, crime, negligence and recklessness

Talibe: the least favored children of Senegal

The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are all letting it happen , says Australia 21

Mexican drug trade hits the poor families hardest

Media intrusion and human rights

Mining and crimes against native populations in a neo-colonial economy

Web of greed: Toxic bank Goldman Sachs' web of global pals

Guardian/Mixmag drug survey reveals a generation happy to chance it

Snooping: Home Affairs Committee inquiry into private investigators

How People with Mental Illness Perceive and Interact with the Police

“When I Die…They’ll Send Me Home”

Freedom of the press and statutory regulation – lessons from Finland?

Statistical bulletin on the summer 2011 riots

The Harper Government Omnibus Crime Bill

Quantitative easing - the comedy

The Archive of weblinks was expanded again and there were some highly selective but landmark press cuttings. The resource is growing! We live in interesting times.

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        15 February 2012 

Hi all and welcome to new members!

Well, February is half over and still our first e-book is not out. Finding the right printer and distributor has been a struggle - so many offers and so little suitability - and being the publisher now has shown me that they actually do a lot of work before your book gets out! Still, I think I've cracked it now and this is a solution which should last. Watch this space!

It has also been a time of reflection for me about CrimeTalk, its purpose and style. Even though it is free and offers an amazing resource, CrimeTalk seems very under-used. There are now far more resources on site than people are actually using, as far as I can tell. Do please send me any helpful thoughts you have on this to colinsumner@crimetalk.org.uk

I am struck by the sharp contrast between the constant compliments CrimeTalk gets, how many students I'm told use it as an aid to study, which it is, and our 'unique visitor' numbers, which hit record levels month after month - on the one hand - and the apparent lack of your involvement with the site on the other. So few of you make comments on articles or post or use our social network centre, CrimSoc, or write to me about anything. Indeed only 138 have registered, yet our system stats say we had just under 3,000 unique visitors last month and over 86,000 page impressions.

Our Twitter 'following' continues to grow apace, now standing at 811, and including some distinguished politicians, lawyers, campaigners, lobby groups, sociologists, probation officers, police, prisoners, novelists and journalists here and around the world. These people may not be registered with CrimeTalk but they see all my tweets advertising all new articles and often re-tweet those messages to followings of thousands. That is why it is hard to calculate our actual readership, but suffice it to say any one article could be read by at least 4,000 people on a good guess. Please compare that with the social impact of academic or other professional journals!

In coming months, I want to get you all more involved in the site. So, to start with, please note that [1] if you review a book for CrimeTalk I can get a free review copy of that book for you and [2] I need more reviews of television crime dramas and of films and novels [e-mail me atcolinsumner@crimetalk.org.uk or via our CrimSoc].  

With this in mind, plus the stat that says few people spend long visiting us, reminding me how brief internet consumption is, I will be encouraging more people to register, but also let me please suggest that more of you enjoy the following:

1 Our state-of-the-art video search engine, courtesy of Blinkx. For example, you may have read Pearce & Tombs authoritative series here on Bhopal but if you hit Search Videos on the front page and then enter Bhopal in the search box on the Video page you will get a fascinating list of news items on Bhopal, many from Indian television, that brings the story so much to life. This is really an awesome facility to further one's knowledge of all kinds of criminal, judicial and moral phenomena. On CrimeTalk, researchers, students and journalists have so much data at their fingertips!

2 Our social network centre, CrimSoc, which, like Facebook, enables you to post messages and to see what's going on BUT is a lot more private. Once logged in, you can restrict your status messages to 'members only' and our internal messaging system is also private and secure. Students could form study groups here that are global and not just confined to classmates; professors and lecturers, do think about setting up student groupings!

3 The benefits of registration. Once registered and logged in, you get the full benefit of CrimSoc's list of all our recent actvities. I doubt, for example, if many of you realize how many Press Cuttings, Links and Blogs have been logged this last two months. Apart from registration, if you hit the orange RSS button on the front page and then, on the 'feed' page, bottom right, you can hit the Subscribe in Mail button to receive notification of all new articles. 'Recent activities' on CrimSoc is comprehensive though and includes everything, even comments on articles.

4 To bring our treasure trove fully to your attention, I have also made a list of Latest Links on theArchive page, which logs all our new content weblinks. The Research/websites page is constantly being added to and these take you to sites of relevant substance. This supplements theLibrary page which shows which articles have been most read on CrimeTalk so far.

5 The new Book of the Month section right at the bottom of the Home page. Buy the book from us, via Amazon and its cheap prices, by clicking on its icon and the small commission we get will help us survive and progress. Please buy books from our Bookshop. The lsit of books there is continually, selectively, updated.

From the other end of the relationship, you guys can do more. I will be setting up aRecommendations/Testimonials section within the next month, once the first few proposals have gone through the relevant university committees. If any individual feels happy to make a recommendation now, please just send me your name and, ideally, a brief line or two on why you recommend CrimeTalk and what you think it can do.

Just remember that I value and need your support and that CrimeTalk is for you! Please do what you can to bring it to your students and colleagues attention! And get involved, please. New writings, long and short, of all kinds are very welcome and the lead-time to publication will be very short in the next while. Feel free to advertise and strut your stuff or get your message across. We are read by a very broad, global, audience, and it is growing monthly.


Colin Sumner,



In January, we published 4 feature articles:

Legal crimes: jurisdiction shopping

Bhopal: criminal, immoral, or the cost of business as usual?

UIGEA and the rise and rise of gaming and gambling in the UK

Nino Part 5: family values, military culture and vendettas

and several In Brief articles:

You're not crazy. "It's the system stupid"

2012: more convulsions in authority or a reassertion of the old order?

Racism in the Met: memories from the 1980's

The Crime and Disorder Act - overlapping legislation or a forgotten philosophy?

Bronx activists defend abortion rights

There was also a widely read review of a television programme:

'Public Enemies': probation and risk management

and we linked in a lot of useful social data:

Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's Central Criminal Court, 1674-1913

How America’s prison epidemic spread

The random horror of the death penalty

'Child soldiers' of 14 with guns on London's streets

Racist incidents, England and Wales, 2010/11

Mass Observation

Sport and desistance from crime

There was a much re-tweeted Education article:

Education from the inside out: a plea for prison education.

Finally, I added quite a few blogs to both the Blogs list, under the Comment menu, and the front-page BlogRoll; loads of new weblinks to the Archive and the Research/Websites lists; and, of course, many, many, Press Cuttings and Tweets, all listed under the Library menu. here's a brief sample of the best press cuttings:

From Kent to Texas, grandfather facing 35 years in US jail

Apple admits it has a human rights problem

Night in the cells accidentally became two years in solitary

Letters raise fears for last Briton in Guantanamo

Lightning kills an entire football team

British men forced into 'modern slavery' abroad

Capo di tutti capi plays dumb when quizzed about Murdoch mafia’s “omerta”

What price the new democracy? Goldman Sachs conquers Europe

Arizona execution-team requirements eased



c.sumner@ucc.ie (Colin Sumner) Newsletters Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:13:42 +0000
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Sincere season's greetings to you all!  May you all be happy and healthy in 2012! Many thanks for supporting CrimeTalk in 2011. Do please write for us and to us next year. New copy will be very welcome in January.

Increasingly, CrimeTalk is being recognized for the unique resource and tool that it is. University teachers can use it with their classes, researchers can use it as a research tool to create a network and find or share information, students should be using it daily to supplement their studies with contemporary news and informed debate, and criminal justice agencies, journalists and politicians can connect with public opinion, plus the latest debates and research, as well as talk to each other about the bigger picture. We will be doing more to make CrimeTalk an open and valuable educational tool in 2012.

Don't forget that, apart from all our articles, archived links, extensive blog list, social data resources, tweets, and press cuttings, we also have use of the state-of-the-art video search engine [e.g. to be used in the BBC's YouView in 2012] enabling access to a mine of film/visual material on crime and justice.

Last month I forgot to mention that we started a new Education section and the following articles are now published there:

Education From the Inside Out: A Plea for Prison Education

The iPad and Higher Education

Academic fraud or just the usual simulation?

Closing down creativity and standardising knowledge in education

Crime, anti-social behaviour and schools in Britain: are all schools 'at risk'?

It has been a year of great progress and exponential growth in the readership. Our monthly unique visitor total started at around 200, is now over 2,300 and will go past 2,500 this December. Our Twitter following is 711 and registrations are now at 128. Just as importantly, I feel we have maintained the quality level whilst still speaking plain English, and sometimes plain Spanish, and holding to the idea of a public magazine.

criminological magazine in a public and virtual space where serious journalism, professional social science, criminal justice practice and political debate overlap is a first. It is a pioneering concept and understandably it will take time to find its audience and its exact shape. However it is possible to see that this audience and that shape are forming, especially on Twitter where my imagined readership seems to have emerged.

Our first e-book, my Sociologia de la Desviacion, has been delayed slightly but will appear in January at last, under a new publishing imprint, CrimeTalk Books. It will be followed in the months ahead by Frank Pearce & Steve Tombs on Bhopal and Amedeo Cottino on Nino [the full English text].

We continue the flow of interesting but high-quality articles and comments, and now welcome Karen Joe Laidler, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Hong Kong, as our Correspondent and Commissioning Editor for HK and China. In 2012 we will be hearing much more about crime and justice in Hong Kong and China. In the new year, I intend to establish firm connections with Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Tanzania, so we will finally be achieving our vision of becoming a fully global educational e-zine.

This last month or so, we have published the following articles:

Nino, Part 4: Criminality, politics and business

Motorcycle taxis: 'crime prevention' and the social exclusion of migrant workers in China

Cage homes in Hong Kong: capitalism this Christmas

and the following InBrief comments:

Occupy Oakland update: City Council smear tactics

Consumer protest and the grey market as iPhone4 release causes 'pandemonium' in Hong Kong

Injustice upon Injustice. London 2012 and the enduring legacies of Bhopal

Two years for itinerant graffiti artist

Clarkson: The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Prison…

Rage and riots: the Mexican wave that began in Tunisia

Mobiles, social media and prison

US elections: Corruption, bribery and a book signing

Murderous catastrophe for Iraqi people

Now I get why evangelistic criminology should be avoided...

Football, political correctness and the Suarez case

and the following Social Data sources:

10 años de Encuesta de seguridad pública de Cataluña

Child poverty in pictures

Abuses endure in Russia’s pretrial detention system

Penalties for young offenders UK 1997-2011

White working-class feel 'last in line'

European Social Survey

Everything you ever wanted to know about prostitution in Nevada

There have also been many new and useful tweets and press cuttings, listed on the front page or in our Library, and also web-links listed in our Archive and Research sections. 

Please do write into our Forums more. Use them to pass on information or to find fellow travellers or just to talk out your views. Remeber to register and log in first though so that your name and photo will show.

Finally, we remained a FREE resource in 2011, and all contributors, including myself, remain unpaid. My own costs remain substantial. I would appreciate any donations, via theDonation buttons onsite, and all UK readers could support our efforts by buying their criminology books, and getting their students and colleagues to buy their books, through our Bookshop at Amazon's nice, low, prices.

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Newsletter 7                                           8 Nov. 2011



Hi!  Thank you for being with us. It has been a relatively quiet time on the front page this last 2 months whilst I readied the Spanish translation of my Sociology of Deviance: an Obituary book for publication as both print copy and e-book, and whilst our Correspondents have been moving apartments, travelling to conferences and working on lectures and research. Nevertheless, I was delighted to receive articles from Gregg Barak on serial killer Jack Unterweger and Kate K. on the dangers of cannabis for some users and the mentally ill, as well as publishing Part 4 of Frank Pearce and Steve Tombs's review of the Bhopal disaster and recent legal proceedings.

Our Stakhanovite rate of production will resume apace shortly, and with our first e-book to sell on a new e-book shop page. Of course, driving forward an e-zine of this quality and magnitude is exhausting and expensive, and so I certainly have moments of doubt and depression. However I have a beautiful vision for this thing and will not rest until it has taken full shape. 

We are nearly there regarding the technology with only a few more developments to go. Our next big step forward, after publishing our first e-book [with more being commissioned], will actually be to expand our global reach to its full capacity. There are many friends overseas still to talk to! This last month we reached New Zealand and soon will make our presence felt in Australia. Our registrants now stand at 120, our Twitter following at 633 and our monthly rate of unique visitors is holding at around 1200.

I hope you are all enjoying our amazing Video search engine and getting the full benefit from its 35 million videos. I suspect you aren't.  The same goes for what is now a massive archive of hand-picked press cuttings, tweets, links, blogs, journal digests and videos. I want CrimeTalk to become a daily resource for students of crime all over the world and we are well on the way to building that. Let me know if there are other things you want on board.Those of you who are in higher education: please look at how you can use CrimeTalk for teaching and enabling your students to access news and comment quickly and in a manner familiar to them.

Art has always been important to me as a multimedia thinker, so I hope you like the images by Colleen Allen from her Girls of Woe collection. Colleen herself has a keen interest in the sociology of crime and has been a prison educator, as well as a social worker and parent. I will post more art onsite when and where appropriate.

Please continue to urge people to register so they can log in and post on our forums, and receive these Newsletters and future offers. We are building, amongst other things, a global network of people with similar interests focussing on key issues in crime, criminology and criminal justice.

You are all very welcome to use our Forums and our CrimSoc! The more people contribute to them the more CrimeTalk becomes a two-way street, an internet cafe and a meeting place - and not just a passive artefact to be consumed.

Finally, Christmas is coming and for many of you a new semester after that, so please buy your Christmas gifts and next semester's books through CrimeTalk if you are a UK member. Buying through us is an easy and neat way of supporting CrimeTalk; just go to our Shopand, for books, click on the book and you'll be taken onto the Amazon site using our codename - for other items, please use the Search box below the bookshop [never go direct to the Amazon site because that way we don't get our small commission].  

Colin Sumner



Since the last Newsletter, we published the following articles on the front page:

Cannabis, Mental Illness and Recovery

Flowers at the altar of profit and power Part 4: the Bhopal 'Settlement'

Unterweger: serial killer, writer, chef, and malignant narcissist

and these articles In Brief:

Occupy Oakland update: City Council smear tactics

Rising suicide rates in Greece

Banking immoralities: rediscovering the 'moral economy'?

Cops use sound cannon, heavy force and rubber bullets at Occupy Oakland

The New York "Miracle"

Child abuse in the USA: low tax, no services, little future

Protests grow around the world

Better policing keeps crime rates down

Bradley Manning now 500 days in confinement

Excessive billing and private profit in Medicare

Mother charged with felonies for "education theft"

Regulating the banks: 2019 to reform - impact on crime?

Homelessness and offending

There have been some useful Social Data sources put on site:

Increase in use of methamphetamine in Australia

NCSR study of Youth Views of August riots 2011

UNODC's 2011 Global Study on Homicide

Education reduces crime: 3-state recidivism study

High rates of mental health issues and risky health behaviours among Australia’s prisoners

When flash mobs stop being fun

US Dept. of Justice Releases Investigative Findings on the Puerto Rico Police Dept.

Young people, alcohol and the media

Gus John Letter to the PM, more riot info, analysis and data maps

and a very, very, long list of press cuttings and tweets...... 

c.sumner@ucc.ie (Colin Sumner) Newsletters Tue, 15 Nov 2011 23:46:42 +0000
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Hi all,

The flow of articles has continued over the summer. We were delighted to publish:

Courts, communities and the 'big society'

Murder in Notting Hill

Riots, aggravated shopping and 30 years of opportunism

Observaciones de la Comisión Asesora para el Diseño de la Política Criminal del Estado Colombiano: a la Iniciativa Sobre la Imposición de Cadena Perpetua a Ciertos Delitos Realizados contra Menores

and we put out these two new articles in our new Education section:

Closing down creativity and standardising knowledge in education

Crime, anti-social behaviour and schools in Britain: are all schools 'at risk'?

This summer was a strong phase in the development of CrimeTalk as an educational resource and e-zine for people interested in crime and social justice. Why? How?

1 We now have Correspondents and Commissioning Editors for the USA, Germany, Brazil and Colombia - Curtis Jackson-Jacobs, Bex Houghton, Fernanda Fonseca Rosenblatt and Sergio Angel - all distinguished and talented people voluntarily bringing news, information, articles and reports from their countries to our global educational network in criminology.

2 Our format is more effective now we have reorganized the front page to carry more indications of the content linked into it or 'behind' it. The new highlight modules across the top, under the painting, all contain links to articles 'inside' CrimeTalk.

3 We are a technological pioneer in embedding a video search engine into the site. Accessible from the front page, you specify a topic to search and within seconds you will be offered a list of hundreds of clips from Blinkx's massive video library, including major news channels. All students and scholars can now get used to having customized, focussed, visual information at their fingertips.

4a Our use of Twitter, as a means of information dissemination and retrieval, has worked well in bringing us and of course useful information to the attention of many people. CrimeTalk articles now are not only publicized through my tweets but also by our 'followers' re-tweeting them to their 'followers'. In this way, recent CrimeTalk articles have been brought to the attention of nearly 2,000 people or institutions. Our own followers reached 499 today.

4b Our daily Press Cuttings and Tweets convey huge amounts of information and are adding up to a great resource for scholars and students. If you check in daily, you will be able to pick up on some piece of news/info somewhere. All these items are stored in the Library.

5 We improved the sign-up and log-in procedure so that it is now much simpler for new users and all integrated with the Forums and CrimSoc.

6 We installed a BlogRoll, which highlights our favourite blogs and provides you with digests of their recent content. Under the Research menu we now also provide digests of the latest articlesin selected academic journals! Do tell us if there are blogs or journals you'd like available to you this way.

7 We now have our first research diary, from Josh Freistadt, and like any grad student he would welcome all comments: Research Diary: Anti-panhandling: Criminalizing poverty and governing generosity? The opportunities for research and graduate students on CrimeTalk are good and increasing. For example, the WikiLeaks project by Gregg Barak's grad students at Eastern Michigan U. was a huge success: GradProjects: WikiLeaks: will the public remember?

We are building a sustainable platform for strong growth before maximizing our marketing, but we have hugely improved our SEO, search engine optimization, increasing our accessibility and improve the help we give users to get round and use the site, see: Navigating the site.

In the pipeline: our first e-book publication will definitely happen next month, and I hope we will develop our new Education section. CrimeTalk will aim to be of more direct use to students of criminology, criminal justice, law etc through this section.

While this is a labour of love, it would be nice to cover my costs. To that end, I have installedDonation buttons in various places - if all regular users donated as little as £5 a year that would halve my costs. I will apply for grants for CrimeTalk and we will soon become a publisher selling our own e-books, but we may not succeed and the costs do not stop. The more you donate the less we have to use advertising.

Remember: please buy your books through CrimeTalk if you are in the UK. That's a great way to support us. If you can encourage your students to do the same that would be fantastic! Again, it would help cover my costs.

As always, many thanks for your support and interest!

Colin Sumner, Editor

Other published items this summer

In the new In Brief section:

Punishing juveniles in the USA: the death penalty and life without parole

800,000 Americans kicked out of their homes by bankers and speculators

Homelessness and offending

US Drones kill 54 as insane US foreign policy acts as recruiting agent for "terrorists"

Cops fatally shoot another young black man in San Francisco

Protesters drive back riot cops in Woolwich

Riots in UK - No Surprise!

Unauthorized riot photos

London riots: the limits of Left and Right

Top 50 Criminal Justice Blogs

We archived a range of articles published elsewhere, such as:

The Economic Argument for Legalization

Moral welfare: the addicts on welfare benefits debate

Criminality and Colonial Anthropology

Capturing the faces of the drug trade in Afghanistan

Colleges of Crime

Limited Education Behind Bars

Finally, I put many new Press Cuttings in the Library, such as:

London's rioters are Thatcher's grandchildren

Behind the riots: what young people think about the 2011 summer unrest

CIA shifts focus to killing targets

Getting away with murder

Neo-Nazi mobilization in Dortmund on anti-war day

Purists Gone Wild

Fear of chaos and crime dogs Brazil's 2014 carnival

Why is crime in the US at a historic low?

Southfields dad committed suicide after housing benefit cut

The Hackney Heroine tells why she confronted rioters

Jon Snow: One law for the rich and another for the poor?

UK banks fund deadly cluster-bomb industry

How America criminalised poverty

Riot girls: "showing the rich we can do what we want"

Public perception of crime higher despite falling figures

Judge gets 28 years for 'kids for cash' scandal






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c.sumner@ucc.ie (Colin Sumner) Newsletters Thu, 08 Sep 2011 23:39:01 +0000
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Hi everybody,

Firstly, thanks for your interest in CrimeTalk. I hope you are finding the site useful and exploring its potential. You are a growing community: in January on launch we had a mere 229 'unique visitors' and we closed June with 1258 that month. 97 people have registered; 364 follow us on Twitter and 40 use our Facebook page. So, growth in our readership is rapid, mostly from the UK and US, and we haven't even made a serious attempt at marketing yet! Next month, I will developing our network in other countries, notably Germany, Spain, Colombia, Tanzania, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.

Crimetalk is still developing of course but we are getting closer to the final model, maybe completing all the aspects of the structure by September.

This last month, Curtis Jackson-Jacobs became our first 'official' correspondent and commissioning editor - for the USA. His enthusiasm for the project and skill with new media are very welcome. As indicated on the revised Editorial System page, under Help/Info etc, I am looking to engage correspondents in other countries with similar enthusiasm and skill. Volunteers please! The role would suit a young professor, doctoral student, lawyer, police, or social worker with new media skills who sees the point of CrimeTalk. On that note, I sharpened my perception of the purpose and value of CrimeTalk in a new article: CrimeTalk: purpose and value.

In June, we continued the series on Bhopal and on Nino, and were delighted to publish several other new articles:

Flowers at the altar of profit and power Part 3: Was the disaster at Bhopal "unforeseeable"?

Nino Part 3: Bad company

Food Frights

The ‘illegal leisure’ of hidden older adult drug users

A new section called In Brief was created for comments and stuff by friends of CrimeTalk that have been published elsewhere already or is, ermmm, quite brief.

Justice: RIP?

Chronicle of deaths foretold

Famous Cases : R v Müller

Distrust of banks and government: implications for criminology

Reacting to petit and grande fraud: Bernie Madoff and Wall Street

Evidence of child abuse in cults and social groups

Terrorism, economic crisis, and state-corporate crime

There were several reviews of books; may there be more but please review films and televison too, eg Luther or Broadwalk Empire.
We also published our first inaugural:
We continued to publish huge numbers of press cuttings, web links and blogs. Here are a couple of examples from each:

At the end of the month, we reorganized the front or home page to reflect more of the content 'behind' it or inside CrimeTalk. We have now collected such an interesting and useful collection of press cuttings, web links and blogs that their existence needs to be indicated on the front page. This is becoming quite a resource for research and just plain curiosity - there is now so much interesting reading inside CrimeTalk the more it integrates within the anarchy and collectivism of the internet. To some extent, we can be described as an 'aggregator' site, but we will remain committed to original stuff, good quality and creative synthesis. Above all, it is a resource.

So, we now have a Blogroll, something maybe alien to academics but normal in the blogosphere. This highlights our currently favourite blogs on crime and criminal justice. The title takes you into a digest of the blog's recent output and from there you can go to the blog itself. Do play with this: you perhaps don't realize how much interesting and valuable material is out there in the blogs. For example, check out Winston Smith to read a witty but biting account of a social worker's experience of the craziness involved in policing the underclass.

As a result, we have abandoned the idea of 'regular columns' and there are now just articles. They will continue to appear on the front page and be placed simultaneously in the Library. The Archive section, under Comment, I created only contains links to stuff published elsewhere.

We continue to tweet useful stuff daily; the first 6 shown on the front page and the last 100 on the Latest Tweets page. These re-tweets contain many valuable links. Twitter has proved very useful for discovering new information; a veritable treasure trove. You've just got to ignore the nonsense on there. Please do message useful info/links to us @CrimeTalkEd and we'll re-tweet them to the world.

I had better stop there - it's time for a week's holiday!  I hope this is useful and explains where we've been and where we're going, especially to those of you not so familiar with the net and all its new intricacies.

Do send us feedback if there's things you'd like to see or change.  And please support us materially by buying your books, and getting students or colleagues to buy theirs, through the CrimeTalk Shop. Our costs are substantial and it is difficult to see how we can ask for subs for the foreseeable future. We will probably be forced to introduce adverts onto the site next month, along with the sale of e-books and a donation system.

Take care all,


Colin Sumner

Editor, CrimeTalk


c.sumner@ucc.ie (Colin Sumner) Newsletters Sat, 02 Jul 2011 17:28:36 +0000
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Our development accelerates each month. The site content expands, we have over 80 registered users, and our Twitter following is over 200. We retain the commitment to quality whilst exploring contemporary ways in which to reach a broad global public. There will be a lot more to come in the coming months, such as the extension of our social media presence, invitations to associations and politicians, use of video etc.

CrimeTalk will look less and less like an academic journal as time goes by. In the meantime, I've created a Navigate the Site page within the Help/Info page to assist those less familiar with new media.

Since March, we've published the second parts in the serializations by Amedeo Cottino, on Nino, and Frank Pearce & Steve Tombs, on Bhopal, and articles by Jade D'Anthro 'A Full English', Curtis Jackson-Jacobs 'Holding Cells', Mike Nellis's review of Clockwork Orange, and myself on Harold Garfinkel. Direct links to those are at the bottom of this letter.

Several new pieces are in the pipeline for next month. Do keep them coming in! Just mail me at colinsumner@crimetalk.org.uk to discuss.

One of my aims is to make CrimeTalk a valuable aid for teachers and students in criminology and all its constituent disciplines. To that end, we will shortly be publishing our first student project, from one of Gregg Barak's courses at Eastern Michigan. Do offer your better students, u/g and p/g, the opportunity to publish their projects with us. Mail me to discuss. With some countries, this could be a great way to enhance the stock of local research studies.

At the same time, I still want to interest a wider public in talking seriously about crime, censure, and justice issues, to provide a range of accessible ways to do that, and to engage with contemporary policy debates.  Hence, after realizing how useful Twitter is, I now make several tweets every day for your interest, in fact usually they are re-tweets of other people's messages. They show in the Latest Tweets module on the Home page and the last 100 are archived on the Tweets page in the Library. They usually contain links to valuable online resources and stories. If students read our daily output, they would soon become immersed in key issues. Agnostics and Luddites amongst you: please look over the list on the Tweets page in the Library!

If any of you want to tweet important info, or publicize your research and publications or make a comment via CrimeTalk, either e-mail me at colinsumner@crimetalk.org.uk or get a Twitter account and tweet your message, including web link, to me at @CrimeTalkEd and I will re-tweet it. You'd be amazed at how many of the chattering classes read these messages, and in many different countries! Remember: there's a 140-word limit.

In this vein, we have also improved the CrimeTalk Facebook page. All our latest article and comment titles are automatically published there now. Latest stuff is now fully listed on your CrimSoc home page when you log in there, and that is the easiest way to check for new material.

All articles now have 'social sharing' buttons at the bottom. So, if you think an article should have a wider audience, this enables you to send the link to your Facebook page or to get the link out immediately to the whole planet via our Twitter account.

Again, with maximum public engagement in mind, I have created a Polls page under theResearch menu. Please vote. It may seem simplistic but the more people do that the more influential the poll. If you want your own poll, whether for research, curiosity or as a student project, just e-mail me your carefully formulated question and I will create the poll immediately.

So far, few people have posted in the Forums. This will take off eventually the more readers we get and the more you see the possible uses of them, eg as virtual seminars or as ongoing research topic centres. Do please have a think about how you can use them to your advantage.

Finally, a key purpose of CrimeTalk was to create an archive of valuable materials and every month we moved further towards that. There is now an Archive menu with several subject areas, each containing a growing list of online materials, such as interviews, comments, short articles, and videos. The Comments menu contains many more blog links and news feeds, and we are working with Blinkx to focus the television clips dialogue box. Please note the excellent interview with David Simon, co-creator of The Wire, from Guernica magazine, linked into our Reviews sub-menu. Plus the collection of Press Cuttings grows apace. Again, please, if there is anything you would like saving for posterity, or even just next year's work, just send me the link by e-mail.

The more CrimeTalk brings together the more it becomes a special resource which saves you surfing all over the internet to pull together what you want.

Many thanks for your continued support,

All the best,

Colin Sumner


Recent publications and current items of interest

Holding Cells

Flowers at the altar of profit and power Part 2: Explaining the Disaster at Bhopal

Nino: Journey into the heart of darkness

Tales from a Northern City: A full English

The Bhopal Disaster: Pearce and Tombs' bibliography

Editor's Blog: Harold Garfinkel, norms, conflict and change

What’s it going to be then, eh? “A Clockwork Orange” at nearly 50

The Exile Nation Project

The Guantanamo Files

London Lives 1690-1800

Criminality and Colonial Anthropology

The black male prison population in the USA

Bill Moyers interviews David Simon

York Deviancy Conference 2011

Our polls

Economic and Social Data Service [UK]

A Clockwork Orange

People who eat darkness: the fate of Lucie Blackman






c.sumner@ucc.ie (Colin Sumner) Newsletters Thu, 12 May 2011 17:02:33 +0000
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CrimeTalk         http://www.crimetalk.org.uk Newsletter 3    March 22 2011

Just a note to tell you all that we've now completed the change of web host and hope that this will prevent any further problems in accessing the site.

So, feel free to resume writing into the Forums and making comments on articles.

You should be able to access the site your usual way. Let me know if you experience any difficulties.

More good news: check out the first part of our important new series by Frank Pearce and Steve Tombs, reviewing the Bhopal disaster and the 2010 court judgment, and also the substantial bibliography they collected in the course of their research. The links are below.

Free download copies of Toxic Capitalism, by Frank Pearce and Steve Tombs, are now available in pdf on Frank's website whose url is:


Thanks for your patience.

Colin Sumner


c.sumner@ucc.ie (Colin Sumner) Newsletters Fri, 01 Apr 2011 21:34:07 +0000
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Hi guys,

Thanks for registering your interest in CrimeTalk. Clearly, although we are moving very fast, I have much work to do on the site yet. I appreciate your patience. However, I do see this phase positively - it is an opportunity to work with you to create a service that is valuable to you and which works. With that in mind, let me tell you that you are very welcome to make Comments on the News or begin a Bulletin Board within CrimeTalk in Spanish.

With Comments on the News, all I ask is that you insert the link into your post so that people can understand your comments

With the Bulletin Board, it would be wonderful if one of you could volunteer to be the moderator, that's the one who tells me if someone is swearing, or advertising, or saying criminal things - after s/he has tried to calm or stop the offending dialogue first. My Spanish is simply not good enough to monitor a BB in Spanish.

I would like the site to be multilingual but I have to be very careful and take things step by step. I'm sure you understand what I mean.To make a start, I will use the Google translator to translate this message - see below - tell me if it is embarassing!

I hope you will enjoy CrimeTalk.  Let me know if you have any problems or suggestions. At this stage, all feedback is very welcome.

Best regards,

Colin Sumner

En espanol, via Google:

Hola chicos,

Gracias por registrar su interés en CrimeTalk. Es evidente que, a pesar de que se están moviendo muy rápido, tengo mucho trabajo por hacer en el sitio web todavía. Le agradezco su paciencia. Sin embargo, veo esta fase positiva - es una oportunidad de trabajar con usted para crear un servicio que es valioso para usted y que trabaja. Con esto en mente, déjame decirte que eres muy bienvenido a hacer comentarios sobre las noticias o comenzar un tablón de anuncios dentro de CrimeTalk en español.

Con comentarios sobre las noticias, lo único que pedimos es que se inserta el enlace en su mensaje para que la gente pueda entender sus comentarios

Con el tablón de anuncios, sería maravilloso si uno de ustedes podría voluntario para ser el moderador, que es el que me dice que si alguien se toma de posesión, o la publicidad, o decir cosas penal - después de s / ha tratado de calmar o detener el ofender primer diálogo. Mi español es simplemente no es suficiente para controlar un BB en español.

Me gustaría que el sitio web para ser multilingüe, pero tengo que tener mucho cuidado y tomar las cosas paso a paso. Estoy seguro de que entiende lo que quiero decir. Para volver a empezar, voy a utilizar el traductor de Google para traducir este mensaje - ver más abajo - dime si que es vergonzoso!

Espero que disfrute de CrimeTalk. Déjeme saber si usted tiene cualquier problema o sugerencia. En esta etapa, todos los comentarios son muy bienvenidos.

Saludos cordiales,

c.sumner@ucc.ie (Colin Sumner) Newsletters Sat, 26 Mar 2011 18:28:09 +0000