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 2/2016


Themenheft "Mediale Dramaturgien von Verbrechen und Kontrolle" - Special Issue "Media Dramaturgies of Crime and Control"











The evil from the depths of your screen: on art, law, and the aesthetics of horror (German)

Das Böse kommt aus dem Fernseher. Ein Versuch über Kunst, Recht und die Ästhetik des Schreckens

Manfred Riepe

This contribution contrasts the development of depictions of fictional violence in modern horror movies with the adoption and gradual tightening of the German prohibition of depiction of violence. Issues related with its sentencing practices are discussed using the example of the movie “The Evil Dead” and contrasted with presentation of authentic killings in ISIS execution videos.


Gangbusters, mavericks, and the cop next door. Dominant models of American policing in popular culture (English)

Aaron Bielijewski

Depictions of policing in popular culture have shifted throughout the history of film and television. Focusing on the role of individual officers within the organization, this article explores four eras in the cultural presentation of policing. The professionalism era of policing offered an image of police officers as idealized representations of their organization, but this model was eventually replaced with an individual-centric view of policing. More modern examples suggest a new model which separates the individual from the policing role and presents a more complex character. Elements of the professional model of policing, particularly the crime fighter image, however, were transported into this new model and remain essentially unchallenged.


Double anticipation: internal supervision and ambiguos rections in US television production (German)

Doppelte Antizipation: Interne Kontrollen und unklare Reaktionen in der Gestaltung von US-Fernsehserien

Michael Dellwing

The term „quality television“ has become standard when describing highly serialized, narratively complex, high production-value television content that mostly originates in the United States. These shows have been widely received, debated and discussed in pop culture, in journalistic and cultural criticism as well as in academic circles. This discussion mostly emphasizes narratives and structural lines, interests that stem from a literary studies perspective. This article intends to show the political and economic structures in which content arises. It will attempt to show how narrative and content can be explained, in part, through the specific embeddedness of production in U.S. regulatory and economic frameworks. Quality television exemplifies a shift from a safety-minded orientation toward public morals to an orientation to attention.




Michael D. Maltz und Stephen K. Rich (Hg.): Envisionierung Criminology. Researchers on Research as a Process of Discovery (Schmidt)

Ruben Andersson: Illegality, Inc. Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe (Legnaro)

Christina Schlepper: Strafgesetzgebung in der Spätmoderne. Eine empirische Analyse legislativer Punitivität (Jasch)

Deborah H. Drake und Jennifer Sloan (Hg.): The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography (Hostettler)

Jan Abt, Leon Hempel, Dietrich Henckel, Ricarda Pätzold und Gabriele Wendorf (Hg.): Dynmische Arrangements städtischer Sicherheit. Akteure, Kulturen, Bilder (Perthus)




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.