WJIN Guide

The Republican Study Committee, a group of over 100 US House Republicans, released a report today staying that the longstanding US Anti-Drug shows “no solid evidence that media campaigns are effective in either preventing or reducing the use of illegal drugs.” The committee headed by Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind, states ending the campaign could save the government $1.3 billion over 10 years. They suggest this money be routed towards programs to pay for Katrina clean-up.

ONDCP is obviously supporting the initiative. However, recent campaigns have received harsh creative criticism. Several years ago, consumers and the industry alike universally panned one ad run during the Super Bowl.

The new “Above the Influence” campaign, by New York advertising agency, Foote Cone & Belding is scheduled to launch this fall. The US Senate recently voted to cut the campaigns budget from the current $120 million to $95 million.

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The lawlessness in the storm and flood plagued city of New Orleans this week made us wonder a bit about the sociology of looting. We looked through our WJIN database and didn’t find anything of particular interest. A web search turned up a large number of newspaper articles, and one research study surrounding thepredictors of neighborhood looting using the 1977 New York City blackout as a backdrop.

While this article is enlightening, we thought this would be an opportunity to do our first call for existing research. We wonder if anyone in the WJIN community has produced research on the topic. If so, please feel free to add a comment to this post and let us all know about your findings. Give us a link to the material if it is online, or summarize in the comments. This sort of exchange is what WJIN is all about.

For those interested in the use of crime mapping and analysis, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will hold its 8th Annual Crime Mapping Research Conference September 7-10, 2005 in Savannah, Georgia.

This conference, hosted by the National Institute of Justice’s MAPS program with support from NLECTC-Southeast, brings together researchers and practitioners to learn about recent innovative research and share practical experiences with crime mapping and analysis. This year’s theme is Research and Practice Affecting Public Policy.

The conference agenda offers panel and workshop sessions, geared towards towards crime analysts, corrections, and other law enforcement practitioners and managers, policymakers, researchers (criminology, criminal justice, geography, sociology, …), GIS professionals, and others. Topics include Basic & Advanced Crime Mapping & Analysis, Crime Mapping for Managers, Corrections, Probation & Parole, Crime Forecasting, Forensic Mapping, Geographic Profiling, Geography of Crime, GIS Applications and Systems, Multi-Jurisdictional Data Sharing, Offender Travel Behavior, Problem Analysis, Project Safe Neighborhoods, Strategic Planning & Community Resources, Spatial Data Analysis, Travel Demand Modeling, Visualization, and more.

For further information, please see http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/maps/savannah2005/index.html

I think everyone agrees, Google’s new mapping product is one of the most interesting and useful tools on the web. With an open architecture, map ethusiasts from around the world are creating “mash-ups” or a combination of some sort of data with the google maps infrastructure.

Mapsexoffenders.com has mapped sex offenders in 36 states, with the aim of going national within the near future. Chicago and Richmond, Virginia have both listed current crime scenes on a google powered mapping system.

The Washington Post seems to be getting on board with Google Maps mashups in a big way as well. They recently hired 23 year old ChicagoCrime.org creator, Adrian Holvaty and even created a new job category for him, according to Google Maps Mania, a blog about all things Google Map related.

Know of any other Google crime maps (or any crime maps on Google’s competitors, Alexa, MSN Virtual Earth, Mapquest or Yahoo)? Let us know by submitting a comment.

An entry by Jen Hanley from the 14th World Congress of Criminology

This week, criminal justice researchers from 65 countries arrived in Philadelphia (USA) for the 14th World Congress of Criminology. This symposium, which meets every 2 to 5 years, brings together some of the leading international experts in such areas as restorative justice, violence & victimization, policing, and transnational organized crime.

With this gathering of researchers from such divergent backgrounds and disciplines, discussions have been provocative. We take this opportunity to invite feedback from all our new WJIN readers to share their views on the information presented at this event, and to discuss ongoing work and opinions on the field of criminology.


With the safe landing of the space shuttle, people around the world are showing a renewed interest in space travel and exploration. As private citizens and private companies begin to enter the space race, how long will it be before International Law and Justice includes Outer Space Law and Justice?

The United Nations doesn’t see this as science fiction, nor do 67 signatory states of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. The legal subcommittee, “prepares legal studies and background documents on various aspects of space law to assist member States in their deliberations. the Office provides information and advice, upon request, to governments, non-governmental organizations and the general public on space law in order to promote understanding, acceptance and implementation of the international space law agreements concluded under United Nations auspices.”

The site includes a number of conferences, legal briefs, and reports on the subject for those of us who are interested in what could be perhaps the next frontier of International Justice.

Yesterday, the new WJIN officially launched with the final upload of almost 150 new research abstracts and links to the WJIN Research Blog. Today we’re going to focus our attention on the WJIN Research Guide.

So what is this “Research Guide”? The new WJIN is going to orient itself as a kind of gateway to participant created international justice material from around the world … and the web. The WJIN Guide is going to be a guided tour of this information and content. We hope you’ll start here to learn about what’s new and interesting out there on the web, and then continue to scan information that suits your particular interests.

We have a new look and a new way of doing business – but the end goal is the same – to provide the premier location for international justice research from around the world.

The New World Justice Information Network is a citizen driven information news and research network. WJIN is not simply a document repository, but the next generation of research dissemination.

WJIN members do not just read information, but create it. Via a system
of interconnected web-logs (blogs) and supporting tools, WJIN members can create search and interact with valuable content, contribute original research, create photoessays, report related news, and participate in ongoing research collaborations.

Return to this site often over the next several days as we officially launch the site on August 9th.

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