W. Mentor, J.D., Ph.D.
The CRITCRIM.ORG web site, the official web site of the ASC Division on Critical Criminology, was completely rebuilt in 2003. The site is structured around Boyer’s classification of scholarship and demonstrates the power of the internet as a tool for discovery, integration, interpretation, and application. Unlike my other sites, I am the editor of this site and not the sole content provider.
I built the site, outlined a vision for the future of this site,
and continue to add content as provided by Division members.The
CRITCRIM.ORG site includes several of my presentations as well
as presentations by respected scholars such as Richard Quinney,
Hal Pepinsky. Ray Michalowski, Bruce Arrigo, Gregg Barak, Meda
Chesney-Lind, and Dragon Milovanovic. The ASC Division on
Critical Criminology has made a strong endorsement of the site,
and commitment to the future of the site, by formally naming an
editorial board for this site. The Division is also increasing
the effort to encourage the contribution of site content and
many new pages will be published over the next year. The
CRITCRIM.ORG site currently includes more that 125 pages and
2000 links. In addition to topically organized links, the site
includes many full text essays, information about the division,
and areas for discussion and mentoring. This site averages over
8000 page views per month.
The CJENCYCLOPEDIA.COM site was being built by students in many of my classes. This site, also known as "The Online Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice," included several hundred essays written by students. Students enjoyed these online writing assignments, which were intended to help them learn about plagiarism, the importance of writing, and the benefits of providing a learning tool for others.
papers associated with this project were presented and the site
was recognized by Sloan-C and an Effective Practice of the
Month. Administrative policies at the University of North
Carolina Pembroke resulted in the decision to close this site.
The CJSTUDENTS.COM web site was first published in June 2001. At the end of 2001 this web site included over 40 pages and over 1500 links. The site was totally redesigned in 2002 and again in 2003. The site now includes over 180 pages and over 7000 links. The web site includes sections related to criminology and deviance, law and society, and alternative dispute resolution.
news updates, links to criminal justice degree programs, and
“homework help” pages are also included in the site. The
CJSTUDENTS.COM site is listed on all major search engines and is
linked to by many faculty and other academic pages. The site
currently receives over 10,000 page views per month and is
visited by residents of all 50 states and many countries every
CJCAMPUS site was
developed as a portal for students enrolled in my classes. This
site demonstrates an innovative tool for communicating with a
diverse group of students who are taking these courses from
around the world. This
portal also provides a place for community that has not been
available to these students.
The JUSTICEPOLICY.COM site was published on October 2003. Among other things, justicepolicy.com includes two death penalty sites. The justicepolicy site will be revised to include a focus on "What Works?" in our system of justice. Much of the content on the current site will be moved to JUSTICEADVOCACY.ORG, currently under construction, that will provide information about web-based advocacy efforts.
first death penalty site is a shared learning object that is
available for use in a variety of criminal justice courses. This
site includes text, links, and reflection questions for students
and others who use the site. Although only a few months old,
this page has been adopted by several faculty and is being
included in the course outlines. The second death penalty page
is built around blogging software that allows me to quickly add
links to pages that provide opportunities to learn about, and
advocate against, the death penalty. My personal
blog is also hosted at this site.