Wright and DeLisi provide an invaluable primer in the much-neglected area of conservative criminology. They indict the dominant liberal paradigm for using its power to silence uncomfortable views and for using ideological purity, not science, to decide controversial issues. Whether readers find its claims irritating or illuminating, Conservative Criminology promises to provoke important debates and to force progressives, such as myself, to sharpen our thinking and compile more convincing evidence. It is a volume that should be read by all.
- Francis T. Cullen, University of Cincinnati
Using reason and data Wright and DeLisi persuasively argue that criminology has been contaminated by an overwhelming commitment to leftist ideology. Conservative Criminology offers a refreshing and open discussion regarding the need for a diversity of thought in criminology that includes a conservative voice. A must read for all criminologists!
-Michael G. Vaughn, Saint Louis University
Wright and DeLisi’s Conservative Criminology presents an inconvenient truth that criminology has shut out an important way of looking at the world. As a liberal criminologist, I found it compelling, frustrating, and challenging, all at the same time! It’s a must read for scholars and students alike.
- Travis Pratt, University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute