Source: (2004) International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 48(2): 129-132

During the past decade, investigators have begun to re-examine a number of taken-for-granted assumptions integral to scholarship in the cognate area of criminal behavior. Broadly defined, this subspecialty includes studies in legal psychology, clinical criminology, forensic mental health, and criminological psychiatry (Arrigo, in press-a). Although mostly speculative and conceptual to date, this trend represents a radical departure from many mainstream liberal efforts at reform, as it challenges the ontological and epistemological commitments of the social and behavioral sciences, especially when applied to pressing and enduring problems at the law-psychology-crime divide. This editorial, then, briefly describes some of the key features informing this more heterodox agenda. Particular attention is given to the perspective’s reassessment of established and unresolved issues in the study of criminal (and delinquent) behavior.(excerpt)