The “Kriminologisches Journal” (KrimJ) is a quarterly scientific journal which is published by Beltz-Juventa. The journal features original scientific articles, discussion papers, practice and research reports on criminological theory and practice in German and English language. The thematic focus is on critical approaches to the structures and measures of social control bodies. All manuscripts undergo selective editorial and peer-review assessment prior to acceptance for publication. The peer-review process is strictly anonymous.

The “Kriminologisches Journal” is available both in print and online. Single issues and subscriptions are available at Beltz Juventa.

Issue 2/2022



Issue 2/2022










Full paper

Kommerzielle Software vs. Eigenentwicklung. Verbreitung und Ausgestaltung von Predictive Policing in Deutschland (German)

Commercial Software vs. in-house development. Distribution and design of predictive policing in Germany

Simon Egbert & Karolin Kornehl

The paper presents the terminological and conceptual foundations as well as an empirical survey of predictive policing in Germany and makes the differences and similarities in the approaches in the respective federal states the subject of the analysis. It is argued that the different ways and means of implementing and applying predictive policing can be traced back to different ways of thinking within police agencies about the chances and limits of prediction-based policing. Thus, different knowledge bases and sets of relevance become apparent, which ultimately culminate in different answers to the question of whether the police should purchase external software or develop it internally. While some agencies use the services of commercially available forecasting software, others prefer to develop such an instrument on their own. Which arguments are put forward for the respective approach will be presented and discussed in this paper.

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Discussion Papers

Die neue Debatte zum Sexkaufverbot – eine Konfrontation alter Argumente (German)

The new debate on the ban against sex purchase – a confrontation of old-known arguments

Andreas Ziemann

The article provides a systematic comparison of five relevant perspectives and arguments for and against commercial sex work. The intention is to bring a new openness to the ideologically driven debate, to reach an understanding about possible new regulatory ideas and options, and ultimately also to provide targeted assistance and support for the evaluation of the Prostitution Protection Act and its federal implementation laws, which will begin in July 2022.

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Strafrechtsliberalisierung durch die Hintertür? Anmerkungen zur Debatte um Punitivität in der Jugendstrafgesetzgebung (German)

Liberalization through the Back Door? Notes on the Debate about Punitiveness in Juvenile Justice Legislation

Dirk Lampe & Annemarie Schmoll

In 2019 a new law aiming to strengthen the procedural rights of accused persons in juvenile criminal proceedings resulted in a far-reaching liberalization of juvenile law in Germany – if this reform is taken seriously. This fact has so far largely been ignored in criminological debates in general and in punitivity research in particular. This paper reflects on the reasons for this disregard and proposes that future research on punitivity should focus more closely on both supranational criminal policy developments and institution bound practices of social control at the sociological micro-level.

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In Discussion

Zum Potential einer sozialwissenschaftlichen Kriminologie (German)

On the potentials of a social science based criminology

Dörte Negnal, Bernd Belina, Christine Hentschel, Ralf Kölbel, Susanne Krasmann, Bettina Paul & Fritz Sack

The planned closure of the master's programm "International Criminology" at the University of Hamburg has led to a new discussion about the institutionalization of criminal sociology in Germany. The letters of protest, statements (see this issue), and student initiatives (#Care4Criminology, #stopthecuts: Mehr statt weniger!) against the austerity policy of the University of Hamburg are a welcome opportunity to speak about social science perspectives within german-language criminology.

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Book Reviews

Felicitas Hesselmann: Die Bestrafung wissenschaftlichen Fehlverhaltens. Zwischen Selbstreinigung und autoritativer Sanktion (Legnaro)

Valeria Vegh Weis: Marxism and Criminology. A History of Criminal Selectivity (Sack)

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Obituary for Heiner Busch

Benjamin Derrin & Tom Jennisen

Open Access

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Reviewers of the KrimJ in the years 2020 and 2021

Statement of the Editorial Board on the planned closure of the master's programm "International Criminology" at the University of Hamburg

Stellungnahme des KrimJ-Herausgeber*innenkreises zur geplanten Schließung des Studienganges Internationale Kriminologie

Call for Abstracts "Special Issue Behemoth" - Polizeiliche Performanzen von Gewalt




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Open-Access publications

Open Access publications

From issue 1/2022 onwards all English-language papers published in the Kriminologisches Journals will be made available as open access papers. The papers can be downloaded from the publisher's homepage or via content-select. Additionally the download links can be found if you click on the respective issues.

German papers can also be published via open access within the framework of the usual conditions of our publisher Beltz Juventa.

Changes on the Editorial Board

New editors-in-chief of the Kriminologisches Journal

As of Issue 2/2021the position of editor-in-chief passed over from Meropi Tzanetakis to Christine Graebsch and Jens Puschke.

Drugs and Digital Technologies

Call for Abstracts for a special issue of the KrimJ

Illicit drug markets are undergoing a significant transformation: digital technologies have a profound influence on how illicit drugs are accessed, and they have also changed information- sharing about drugs. In addition, the proliferation of information and communication technologies has changed law enforcement activity. Digitalisation also comes with rapid changes in communicative environments across time and geographic location. While online forums and other internet resources have massively increased the amount of available information and discourse on psychoactive substances for more than two decades, mobile phones, encrypted platforms, cryptocurrencies, social media and messaging applications have recently diversified the ways in which illicit drugs are distributed. This diversity includes hybrid forms of distribution, e.g. using social media applications to make physical appointments.


New Editorial Board

New Editors of the Kriminologisches Journal

As of January 1st 2021 the Editorial Board of the Kriminologisches Journal consists of Prof. Dr. Jens Puschke LL.M, Dr. Meropi Tzanetakis, Dr. Simon Egbert, Prof. Dr. Christine Graebsch, Prof. Dr. Dörte Negnal und Dr. Bernd Werse.