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 3/2017


Issue 3/2017












Einsicht auf Umwegen? Reflexionen zu den Herausforderungen einer qualitativen Längsschnittuntersuchung zu Reintegrationsprozessen verurteilter Straftäter (German)

Insight on detours? Reflections on the challenges of a qualitative longitudinal study concerned with processes of reintegration of convicted delinquents

Peter Rieker, Franz Zahradnik & Jakob Humm

Against the background of existing research gaps in regard to processes of reintegration of former delinquents, a qualitative longitudinal study looks closely at processes of desistance from a subjective-biographical view point. However, the research process is characterized by diverse challenges that call the possibility of any respective insight into question: Interviews are affected by specific factors in every context, by the motivation of the study participants and by the researchers themselves. If these challenges are taken seriously, laid bare, and reflected on as context requirements, important insight possibilities present themselves, albeit on detours.


Legitimationsprobleme strafrechtlicher Kriminalpolitik. Zwischen Abschied vom Wohlfahrtsstaat, Verfassungsgebot der Resozialisierung und Sicherungsideologie (German)

Problems of the legalizations of criminal policies - between the end of the welfare state, the constitutional principle of rehabilitation, and securitization

Heinz Cornel

Searching an answer to the question how criminal punishments can be accommodated within the welfare state, this article investigates changes in different legitimizations of criminal policies in Germany, particularly focusing on legitimizations of imprisonment. While doing so, the origin and development of ´welfare-state punishments´ as well as their downfall in criminal discourses and practice are analyzed. A special focus lies on the relevance of the constitutional principle of rehabilitation for practices of punishment in the German welfare state. Based on empirical data about the development of sanctioning practices and in recourse to discourses about crime policies, the article shows how the prevalent ideology of securitization with its reductionist focus on risk management and excluding forms of ´inclusion´ impacts on recent developments in criminal policy and juridical practices in Germany.


Gegenspieler oder Partner? Das Verhältnis von Türstehern und Polizei - Ergebnisse einer Ethnografie im Nachtleben in Deutschland (German)

Partners or antagonists? The relationship of bouncers and the police - results from an ethnography in German nightclubs

Christine Preiser

The article draws from ethnographic research among bouncers in German nightclubs and deals with the relationship between actors of private and public security in nighttime urban spaces. The control of trouble is at the center of bouncers´ working routine. The relationship between bouncers and the police - and the ethnographer - depends on how bouncers connect them to trouble. Two types of relationship between public and private security can be developed from the data: an antagonising and a co-operating security structure.


Policing the Crisis. Zur Diskriminierung von Hooligans (German)

Policing the Crisis. On the discrimination of football hooligans

Stefan Wellgraf

In "Policing the Crisis", Stuart Hall and his colleagues diagnosed the establishment of a "law-and-order society" in Great Britain. I transfer the research perspective of the British Cultural Studies to the dealing with the fans of the football-club Dynamo Berlin, which was strongly influenced by the Hooligan-culture of the 1980s and 1990s, and discuss the current constellations of exclusion, criminalization and practices in popular culture While most of the existing research focusses on hooligans´ discrimination of others, I emphasize the parallel process of the discrimination of hooligans. This new perspective brings to light several problematic aspects: Political maneuvers in this field appear to be rather populist, police actions are characterized by ideological and occasional personal alliances with hooligans, and far-reaching juridical decision seems tendentious and contestable.


Book review:

Karl-Ludwig Kunz/Tobias Singelnstein: Kriminologie. Eine Grundlegung, 7. grundlegend überarbeitete Auflage (Quensel)




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.