In a recent article, Griffen and is colleagues examined the policy views of criminologists and compared them to the policy views held by the general public. Perhaps not surprisingly, the views of criminologists were significantly more liberal than the views of citizens. I’m tempted to say “I’m shocked” but I’m not. The patterns demonstrated by Griffen et al., are the same patterns you would find it you surveyed a group of non-academic liberals. What does this say about the role of ideology in criminology? In my mind, it suggests that ideology is fundamental to the field. You can, of course, draw your own conclusions. See the article below.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology