HISTORICAL POLICY POSITIONS
Official policy position of the Executive Board of the American Society of Criminology with respect to the use of Uniform Crime Reports data:
"Be it resolved, that the Executive Board of the American Society of Criminology opposes the use of Uniform Crime Reports data to rank American cities as 'dangerous' or 'safe' without proper consideration of the limitations of these data. Such rankings are invalid, damaging, and irresponsible. They fail to account for the many conditions affecting crime rates, the mis-measurement of crime, large community differences in crime within cities, and the factors affecting individuals' crime risk. City crime rankings make no one safer, but they can harm the cities they tarnish and divert attention from the individual and community characteristics that elevate crime in all cities. The Executive Board of the American Society of Criminology urges media outlets to subject city crime rankings to scientifically sound evaluation and will make crime experts available to assist in this vital public responsibility."
Adopted November 13, 2007
Official policy position of the American Society of Criminology
with respect to the death penalty:
"Be it resolved that because social science research has demonstrated the
death penalty to be racist in application and social science research has found
no consistent evidence of crime deterrence through execution, The American Society
of Criminology publicly condemns this form of punishment, and urges its members
to use their professional skills in legislatures and courts to seek a speedy
abolition of this form of punishment."
Adopted in November 1989
In October of 1978, the ASC membership voted to endorse the Equal Rights Amendment. This was formally announced in the January 1979 issue of The Criminologist. Unfortunately the official position statement of the Society regarding this matter has been lost.