An international group under Swedish leadership will begin next year awarding an annual prize for criminology research. The Stockholm Prize in Criminology was announced last night at the conclusion of the 14th World Congress of Criminology, which was hosted by the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. The prize carries an award of one million Swedish kronor, about $133,000. Winners will be selected by a jury of experts co-chaired by criminologists Lawrence W. Sherman, director of the Jerry Lee Center, and Jerzy Sarnecki of the Stockholm University.
Anticrime policy should be rooted in “evidence-based measures” that make it “not only more efficient, but also more economic,” said Swedish Justice Minister Thomas Bodstrom in announcing the award. Bodstrom predicted that the prize will have a “major impact” by giving crime policy issues “a better chance to be discussed from a knowledge-based perspective.” Nominations will be open until Oct. 31; the first award will be made in Stockholm next June. Donors include the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, the Soderberg Foundations of Sweden, and George Pine, president and chief operating officer of Interep, a major advertising and marketing company in the radio industry.