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11 Crim. Just. Pol'y Rev. 3 (2000)

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Editorial Statement



Since its inception in 1986, Criminal Justice Policy Review (CJPR) has
served as a forum for criminal justice policy debate and discussion. At that
time, few journals provided such a policy forum. Its first editor, Dr. Paul
McCauley (1986), invited diverse commentary from a broad range of
interests, including scholars, politicians, legislators, and criminal justice
functionaries. He sought to attract articles that featured the best informa-
tion in whatever form available to stimulate thought and to enhance our
understanding of the nature, causes, and effect of criminal justice policy
(CJPR, Vol. 1, pp. ii-iii).
   Dr. McCauley's continued presence on CJPR's editorial board signals
the journal's intention to continue in the tradition he began. Our new rela-
tionship with Sage presages a broader relationship for the journal and an
enhanced body of individuals who will contribute to the journal as authors
and reviewers.
   In the 1980s, criminal justice policy was both a relatively new arena for
scholarship and a relatively limited arena, comprising mainly the new
scholars educated for criminal justice and located within the emerging dis-
ciplinary departments of criminal justice across the country. The develop-
ment of policy focus in criminal justice programs in large part has been a
consequence of the American public's focus on crime as a central political
issue.
   The public has continued its avid interest in crime control policy; no can-
didate for public office can afford to avoid this key issue. Today, the two
leading scholarly societies are composed of several thousand members:
3,100 in the American Society of Criminology and 2,000 in the Academy of
Criminal Justice Sciences (with some crossover membership). In addition,
scholars in the fields of public administration, political science, history,
geography, and other diverse fields have begun to make criminal justice a
key specialty. It remains an important subfield in sociology and has
achieved a substantial presence in the work of legal scholars and in law
schools. Increasingly, criminal justice policy is studied by European and
other international scholars.



Criminal Justice and Policy Review, Volume 11, Number 1, March 2000 3-5
© 2000 Sage Publications, Inc.

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