We’re living in an age of frenzied social interaction.
An age in which news is broken, information is shared and evidence is created for all to see – all at the touch of a button, click of a digital shutter or post of a tweet.
In this age, bloggers have become the new columnists – writing specialized, opinionated and sometimes scathing articles for specific communities of followers. In doing so, they're building followings in the hundreds, if not hundreds of thousands, with each new post.
In an effort to keep you informed about who is writing the best, most interesting crime-related articles, we’ve highlighted 23 criminal justice blogs you should be reading this year. Social media contact information is given for each blog so feel free to reach out to the writers if you find their writing compelling.
Crime & punishment blogs
Early American Crime – This blog is written by best-selling author Dr. Anthony Vaver. As the name implies, it focuses on crime, criminals and punishment from America’s past. He takes a humorous look at historical crimes and profiles some of the bizarre torture rituals and devices used for punishment. Follow him on Twitter.
Excessive Bail – This entertaining blog is written by criminal defense attorneys Matthew Haiduk, Ray Flavin and Jason Tarnow. It is irreverent, witty and chock full of biting sarcasm. It covers all things related to crime, punishment and criminal defense and was “designed to poke fun at the legal system.” Follow it on Twitter and Facebook.
Criminal Convictions – The official blog of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington D.C. It is a wonderfully thorough – and sometimes completely disgusting! – look at crime, law enforcement and forensic science. It offers s a nice blend of current events, historical cases, true crime stories and crime film critiques. Follow it on Twitter and Facebook.
Blogs from those who have been there
Cop in the Hood – This blog is written by Dr. Peter C. Moskos, award-winning author and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the City University of New York Graduate Center. His blog is a sociological look at police culture, crime prevention and ending the war on drugs.
The Bad Luck Detective – This blog is written by mother, grandmother, author and police detective Suzie Ivy. In an effort to lose weight and get in shape, Ivy became a police officer at the age of 45. In her words, she writes about the serious and humorous sides of her own law enforcement career as she “stumbles through her mid-life adventure.” Follow her on Twitter.
Cops Alive – This award-winning blog is written to provide members of the law enforcement community with “information, strategies and tools for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.” The articles focus on the affects of police work including alcoholism, suicide, heart attacks and stress. Follow it on Twitter.
From Cop to Mom and the Words in Between – This blog is written by mother, writer, retired police officer and breast cancer survivor Kathleen A. Ryan. She writes everything from book reviews and short stories to commentaries and recent police news. Her blog is a cornucopia of news and information for anyone interested in law enforcement, writing and parenthood. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
KristenZiman.com – This blog is written by veteran Aurora (Ill.) police commander Kristen Ziman. It offers a philosophical approach to law enforcement using current news and events for context. She uses her 20 years of experience to inform her positions and make recommendations to current officers. Follow her on Twitter.
Second City Cop – Written by an anonymous Chicago police officer – known only as “SCC” – this award-winning blog is very well-read and draws heavily on both “sarcasm and silliness.” It’s also a great resource as it provides links to police-related websites, Chicago news websites and various “right thinking” websites.
Homeland security blogs
Michael Brown Today – This eponymous blog is written by Michael Brown, former Undersecretary of Homeland Security and FEMA general counsel. Brown draws on his insights and connections in the world of national security to provide articles that are scathing and opinionated, yet refreshingly well-informed. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
In Homeland Security – The official blog of American Military University. It is an online resource for homeland security news and analysis. Field experts comment on: terrorism, emergency preparedness, disaster response, border security, military intelligence, law enforcement, cybersecurity and national security. Follow it on Twitter and Facebook.
Intelnews.org – This blog is written by Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, coordinator of the Security and Intelligence Studies program at King College, and Ian Allen, 25-year veteran of the intelligence community. It provides news and commentary on intelligence and espionage in a “timely, responsible and reflective manner.” Follow it on Twitter and Facebook.
Homeland Stupidity – An irreverent, libertarian blog that believes wholeheartedly in large-scale government incompetence. Its articles focus mostly on illustrating why government interference in markets and personal lives is detrimental to society. Its message is both biting and poignant. Follow it on Twitter and Facebook.
SANS Computer Forensics & Incident Response – This is the blog from the SANS Institute, one of the foremost leaders in information security training for law enforcement officers and IT professionals. The blog publishes white papers and guest posts that include the latest information on cybersecurity around the world. Follow SANS on Twitter and Facebook.
Schneier on Security – This blog has roughly 250,000 followers and is written by Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer at BT. It focuses on security technology within the larger context of national security. Bruce Schneier is a best-selling author, renowned op-ed writer and has testified on security issues before the U.S. Congress. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.
Kaspersky Daily – This is the official blog from Kaspersky Lab, a Russian multinational computer security company founded in 1997. It highlights security-related news and cutting-edge technology – all from a stable of staff writers and guest authors. Follow Kaspersky Lab on on Twitter and Facebook.
The Three C’s (Computers, Crime & Corrections) – This blog is written by Prof. Art Bowker, 25-year veteran law enforcement officer and award-winning author and expert on cybercrime and sex offenders. Bowker wrote The Cybercrime Handbook for Community Corrections and is an adjunct faculty member at Chancellor University. Follow him on Twitter.
Global Guerrillas – This blog is written by entrepreneur, technology analyst, former Air Force pilot and best-selling author John Robb. He writes extensively on the role technology will play in the future of war and peace. He also coined the now-famous phrase “open source warfare” in his book Brave New War. Follow him on Twitter.
Government agency blogs
FBI News blog – The official blog of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It provides up-to-date snippets of current FBI investigations without the wordiness of FBI press releases. The blog is written in a “just-the-facts-ma’am” style that is refreshingly straightforward. Follow the FBI on Twitter and Facebook.
The Justice Blog – The official blog of the U.S. Department of Justice. It is managed by the DOJ’s office of public affairs and, as such, receives stats and information from sources including the National Institute of Justice and Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano. Follow the DOJ on Twitter and Facebook.
Department of Homeland Security blog – The official blog of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The DHS celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2013 and is featuring articles and interviews with leaders from across the department and counterpart agencies. Follow the DHS on Twitter and Facebook.
FEMA blog – The official blog of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA publishes a weekly roundup called “What We’re Watching” that highlights events from the past week and warns readers of potentially dangerous situations to come. It also provides tips for talking to kids about emergencies and disasters. Follow FEMA on Twitter and Facebook.
The White House blog – The official blog of the White House. A surprisingly modern blog that provides photo galleries, live streamed video and podcasts of the day’s major events. If there is national news, this blog has it first. Follow the White House on Twitter and Facebook.