Law & society, community responses to crime, community policing
Current ResearchBook manuscript: No Good Place: Community Orientations to Authority and the Sex Offender Housing Dilemma
No Good Place is a study of variation in community responses to sex offenders. Popular accounts of reactions to sex offenders suggest a nation of vigilantes, but responses to sex offenders often involve collective campaigns that target political and criminal justice systems rather than individual offenders. No Good Place draws on data from case studies of three California communities to examine how local political and legal contexts contribute to variation in community responses to violent sex offenders. I argue that communities’ orientations to political and legal authority, which stem from historical and contemporary relationships between communities and local political structures, politicians, law enforcement, and the courts, contribute to community response strategies. These findings suggest a new perspective on community responses to sex offenders as a contemporary form of civic engagement. When published, the book will inform debates over community members’ involvement in decision-making about sex offender reintegration. More broadly, by showing how relationships between communities and formal institutions contribute to response strategies, the book will enhance scholarly understanding of the local roots of responses to crime, legal and political mobilization, and collective action.
Selected Publications and Works in ProgressWilliams, Monica. 2012. Beyond the Retributive Public: Governance and Public Opinion on Penal Policy.Journal of Crime and Justice 35(1): 93-113.
Williams, Monica. In preparation. No Good Place: Community Orientations to Authority and the Sex Offender Housing Dilemma. Invited book manuscript; in preparation for submission to UC Press.
Williams, Monica and Bill McCarthy. In preparation. “Assessing Stereotypes of Adolescent Rape.”
Courses TaughtCJ 1010: Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 2300: Policing: History, Theory, and Practice
CJ 3600: Criminal Justice Statistics
CJ 4900: Crime, Law, & Social Context