Source: (2000) Western Criminology Review 2 (February).Hil writes in response to Elliott Currieâs 1999 essay in the Western Criminology Review, âReflections on crime and criminology at the millennium.â? Currie criticized triumphalistic declarations about the decline in crime; he argued that crime levels were still unacceptably high. He also identified ways in which criminologists could play a more effective role in bringing about positive change in the socio-legal domain. Hil, commending much in Currieâs essay, nevertheless critically appraises certain of Currieâs arguments for a more âprogressiveâ? criminology. Hil organizes his critical appraisal of Currie and the current state of criminology around these themes: the continuation of intellectual endeavor; the pursuit of social justice; and the provision of short-term humanitarian help.