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 3/2020



Issue 3/2020












Full papers

Varianzen der Verselbstständigung der Polizei per Gesetz. „Gefährliche Orte“ im bundesweiten Vergleich (German)

Variances in the Independence of the Police by Law. “Danger Zones” in a nationwide comparison

Svenja Keitzel

In each of the 16 national police laws in Germany, there is a norm that enables suspicionless identity controls in selected areas by the police. The prerequisites for the establishment of these “danger zones” are to a large extent legally undetermined and the procedure for this usually takes place within the police. The present paper argues that the vagueness of law creates autonomy for the police. Therefore, power relations within the state apparatus and critical interventions from civil society or parliament are decisive for the implementation of the law and the manner in which it is used. This leads to a great variance in procedural practices concerning “danger zones”. On the basis of an overview of all German police laws, this is going to be shown in more detail with reference to four federal states (Hesse, Bremen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Saxony).

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Fehlklassifikationen bei politisch links motivierter Kriminalität (German)

Misclassifications in left-wing politically motivated crime

Jens Struck

This article focusses on left-wing politically motivated incitement to violent acts in connection with police crime statistics on politically motivated offences. It is argued that the classification is a discourse-stabilizing result of both the established, vague left-right scale and the police‘s defining power. This is illustrated and discussed by a file analysis of offences comitted online categorized by the police as left-wing, with a focus on incitement to violent acts.

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Täter-Opfer-Ausgleich: Eine Geschichte der „lautlosen Disziplinierung“ der Restorative Justice in Deutschland (German)

Restorative Justice in Germany: A story of “silent silencing”

Christop Willms

Restorative justice has neither fundamentally reformed the existing justice system in Germany nor led to a reduction in the rate of imprisonment. Instead, it has only further refined the differences in the existing system – that of a “sovereign justice” based on sanctions. In his papers on the “silent silencing” of social movements, Mathiesen provides a possible explanation. If restorative justice is to bring about more profound social change, it must be consistently viewed as a commitment to certain values and emancipate itself from its “dependence on the criminal justice system”.

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Discussion Paper

Covid-19: Präventive Sicherheitsordnung 2.0 (German)

COVID-19. Preventive security order 2.0

Aldo Legnaro/Daniela Klimke

The essay attempts a preliminary assessment of the current epidemic policy. Against the background of an analysis of crisis rhetoric, Covid-19 is seen as a government technology which, according to the thesis, leads to a new type of disciplinary society.

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Book reviews

Didier Fassin: Der Wille zum Strafen (Krasmann)

Robert Feustel/Henning Schmidt-Semisch/Ulrich Bröckling (Hg.): Handbuch Drogen in sozial- und kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive (Hess)

Christiane Howe/Lars Ostermeier (Hg.): Polizei und Gesellschaft. Transdisziplinäre Perspektiven zu Methoden, Theorie und Empirie reflexiver Polizeiforschung (Grutzpalk)

Matthias Quent: Rassismus, Radikalisierung, Rechtsterrorismus. Wie der NSU entstand und was er über die Gesellschaft verrät. (Schiek)

Carolyn McKay: The Pixelated Prisoner. Prison Video Links, Court ‘Appearance’ and the Justice Matrix. (Zurawski)

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New book series : "Soziale Probleme. Konstruieren und Verwalten."



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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.