Attention ASC Members! Important Message from Dr. Ruth Peterson

September 26, 2016
Dr. Ruth Peterson

Dear ASC Members and 2016 Annual Meeting Attendees,

We are approaching the deadline for early registration for the 2016 ASC Annual Meeting in New Orleans on November 16-19.  I am writing to remind you that, as you register, I would greatly appreciate it if you would also make a donation to provide a gesture of good will to our host city in one or both of two ways: 

(1)   cash contributions ($5 or more suggested) to be evenly split between 4 local justice-serving organizations:

The Louisiana Justice Institute (a nonprofit civil rights legal advocacy organization);

Voice of the Ex-Offender (an organization of formerly incarcerated persons and allies dedicated to ending disenfranchisement and discrimination against formerly incarcerated individuals);

Women With a Vision (a community-based nonprofit addressing issues [e.g., sex worker rights, drug policy] reform faced by women in communities of color); and,

Together Baton Rouge (a “coalition of more than 40 religious congregations and community-based organizations working to build relationships across communities, and achieve change as part of a call to justice. (Together Baton Rouge was added to the list following this summer’s floods in that city.  Among other activities, TBR has responded to local shootings of citizens and police officers, and is creating jobs for flood recovery.)

There are three ways to make your cash contribution:

(a)    Whether or not you are attending the Annual Meeting, go to the following page:; indicate the amount of your donation ($5.00 or more suggested); and, pay by credit card.  Or, mail a check made out to the American Society of Criminology, 1314 Kinnear Rd., Ste. 212, Columbus, OH 43212; please write “NOLA justice organizations” on the memo line.

(b)   When you register online for the NOLA meeting and have proceeded to the shopping cart, click on “New Orleans Justice Serving Organizations Fund” on the left side of the shopping cart screen under “Featured Items.”  Indicate the amount of your donation ($5 or more suggested).  This amount will be included in your bill as a part of the total payment due.

(c)    In New Orleans, stop by the ASC registration desk and complete the “NOLA Justice Organization” form, indicating the amount of your donation ($5.00 or more suggested); pay by cash, check or credit card.

(2)   contributions to the Smothers Academy book drive (via

Smothers Academy is a public charter school that serves boys in grades K-12.  Its mission is to develop students into self-motivated, lifelong learners committed to bettering their communities.  The goal of the book drive is to create a law library that provides students with access to materials about the law, justice, and civic engagement.

Please follow this link: to access the Smothers Academy Amazon Wishlist, compiled by the academy’s director and educators. Add the book(s) that you would like to purchase for the Academy to your cart and check out via the Amazon website. When you check out, please choose the option to send the book(s) to the address provided by Smothers Academy.

Thanks very much to all of you who have contributed to these efforts so far.  Also, thanks in advance to all of you who make a contribution in response to this email.  Please direct questions to Hollie Brehm at

Looking forward to seeing everyone in NOLA!!!


Ruth D. Peterson, ASC President