CONSTITUTION OF the CONVICT CRIMINOLOGY Group
PREAMBLE: Briefly define CC
Revised: Thursday November 16, 2018
I. NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION
The name of the organization shall be the Convict Criminology Group
II. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
The purposes of the Convict Criminology Group are:
1. To foster research and the development of theory in the field of convict criminology.
2. To provide mentorship to individuals who are incarcerated or recently released from a correctional facility in pursuing educational opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate level and in seeking employment in academia.
Procedure: Mentorship may include: peer-evaluation/reading of papers; academic support group/peer-support;
3. To serve in an activist role to change policies, practices, and laws which we believe will negatively affect convicts, ex-convicts, and individuals associated with this group.
4. To provide a forum for members of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) to discuss ideas and to exchange information.
5. To organize sessions on Convict Criminology at the annual ASC meetings.
6. To encourage appropriate and effective teaching techniques and practices and to stimulate the development of curricula related to courses on convict criminology.
7. To encourage and support community outreach and activism on issues of importance to convict criminology.
Membership in this organization will be open to all individuals who have been incarcerated. Also, membership is open to all who share the core beliefs of the organization, who self-identify as a convict criminologist, who believe that the convict voice is underrepresented, and who participate in corrections based research/scholarship, mentorship, and activism.
1. There shall be seven officers of the Board of Directors: the Chairperson, Secretary-Treasurer, ASC Session Organizing Team, Membership Manager, Social Media Manager, Communications Manager, Annual Dinner and Events Coordinator, and Research and Evaluation Manager.
The officers are trusted servants responsible for the future functioning of the group who are committed to ensuring the stated purposes of the group are upheld. They are responsible for the smooth running of the Convict Criminology Group.
Elected officers hold a traditional “right of decision” for their term, meaning that, upon election, they are granted decision-making power. Additionally, the group is granted a traditional “right of participation,” meaning every group member is allowed a vote at annual meetings and will have reasonable representation on matters affecting the group. Ultimate authority resides with the group. Elected officers may intervene and call for a vote from the group as a whole on matters that appear to threaten its core purposes.
a. The Chair shall schedule, reserve a space, and facilitate the Convict Criminology Group’s annual business meeting, which will be held at the American Society of Criminology meetings. The chair prepares the agenda, assists with the coordination of tasks that the other executive members engage in, appoints a secretary at the meeting to take minutes, and ensures these are emailed to the group.
c. The ASC Session Organizing team serves as liaison to the Division on Critical Criminology and Social Justice and ASC Program Chair to ensure representative inclusion of Convict Criminology papers and panels on each year’s program. Sends out calls for papers each year, coordinates with group members to determine the placement of papers in thematic panels, roundtables, author-meets-critic, etc. Sessions may also be organized by individual members, and the ASC Session Organizing team will assist in these efforts.
d. The Annual Dinner Coordinator is responsible for reserving space at a nearby restaurant for the group and promoting the event to the members.
e. The Membership Manager maintains and updates the group membership/email list.
f. The Social Media Manager updates and moderates social media presence.
g. The Communications Manager maintains the website and sends out at least one annual newsletter.
h. Research and Evaluation Manager - Compiles and disseminate research produced by convict criminology members and contact potential members.
3. The term of office for each position will be one year, but officers may be re-elected to multiple terms. The officers’ work will begin with the close of the annual meeting following their election.
Elections will be held on an annual basis. Any member can nominate officers and officers can self-nominate. Elections will be held via secret ballot of the individuals assembled during the yearly business meeting to be held at the ASC annual meeting.
VI. Adoption of Journal of Prisoners on Prisons as official or unofficial publication of group.
VI. AMENDING THIS CONSTITUTION
1. Amendments may be proposed by any member of the Convict Criminology Group, and proposed amendments will be voted on at the annual meeting.
2. Approved amendments shall take effect on the first day of the year beginning immediately after the annual ASC meeting.