AJCJS is the peer-reviewed official journal of the African Criminology and Justice Association. It is published approximately two times a year (spring and fall). The journal will publish scholarly essays, reviews and research notes on all issues relevant to criminology and justice systems of interest to Africans at home and the African Diaspora globally.

Central to the aims of the journal (though not exclusive) is the publication of innovative theoretical, methodological and policy interventions that deepen the understanding of how to prevent or repair the crimes against humanity that people of African descent have suffered and how to reverse the crisis of over-representation that people of African descent continue to suffer in correctional institutions around the world.

Pedagogical papers on how to develop criminology and criminal justice education in Africa will also be welcomed as part of the intellectual struggle to advance respect for human rights, strengthen democratic governance and bring an end to the bane of racism, ethnic chauvinism, sexism, and class exploitation that people of African descent and others have been burdened with for centuries. For more information on the potential role of criminal justice education in the Third World, see the paper by Chris Eskridge, the Executive Director of the ASC, on his web page and in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education and, see also the book by Biko Agozino; Counter Colonial Criminology, London, Pluto Press, 2003.

Essays on criminal justice agencies and policies that impact on people of African descent will also be published with emphasis on how they relate to a better understanding of how to guarantee social, political and economic justice to people of African descent globally.

Notes For Contributors

Essays, reviews and notes should be sent with a statement that they are not under consideration for publication by another journal. Authors will retain the copyright to their contributions but are required to acknowledge this journal in any subsequent republication of the work in part or in full.
All submissions must be double-spaced, accompanied by an abstract page of not more than 150 words, and manuscript body not to exceed 6,000 words or 24 pages (font size 12), excluding abstract and reference pages. Diagrams and tables should be kept to a minimum and should be numbered and placed at the end of the document while their points of insertion in the text should be clearly marked.
References should follow at the end in the APA style (author, date, title, page) with a comprehensive bibliography of all works cited, and authors’ names. No footnotes please.
All references should be arranged alphabetically as follows or be returned to author:
Ahire, Philip Terdoo (1991). Imperial Policing: The Emergence and Role of the Police in Colonial Nigeria. Philadelphia: Open University Press.

Alemika, Etannibi E. O. (1988). Policing and Perceptions of Police in Nigeria. Police Studies 11(4).

Biko Agozino (2003). Counter Colonial Criminology. London: Pluto Press.

Hart, H. L. A. (1997). The Concept of Law, Second Edition. New York, New York, USA: Oxford University Press

Human Rights Watch (2005). “Rest in Pieces”:Police Torture and Deaths in Custody in Nigeria. Retrieved September 12, 2008 from

Oberg, K. (1987). The Kingdom of Ankole in Uganda. In Fortes, M. and Evans-Prichard, E. E. eds., African Political Systems. London: Kegan Paul International.

United Kingdom Parliament Report (1999, February 3). UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee Report Into The Sandline Affair. Retrieved January 10, 2014 from

Online Submission

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Authors and Publishers

Each issue of the journal would carry seminal essays and whenever possible, the essays will be followed by a panel discussion of one or more books. Publishers and authors who may want to send copies of their books for review can send them to:

Emmanuel C. Onyeozili
Criminal Justice Dept.
Hazel Hall
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, MD 21853

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University of Maryland
Eastern Shore

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