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National Media Turns to Surette for Expertise on 'Performance Crime'

Friday, April 21, 2017

Surette on Performance CrimeA video of a murder posted on Facebook this week led a number of national reporters to contact Professor Ray Surette for his expertise on "performance crime." 

The elderly victim, Robert Godwin, Sr., was walking down a sidewalk in Cleveland when he was shot and killed April 16. The alleged assailant, Steve Stephens, uploaded the video to Facebook.

Surette is an internationally known expert on crime and the media and the author of the 2015 article Performance Crime and Justice published in Current Issues in Criminal Justice.

"Social media removes the gatekeepers between performance and distribution," Surette said in an article published April 17 in The Guardian. "It's an avenue for certain types of offenders to get their message out totally unedited."

For the full article, see

Visit the links below for additional commentary on the topic by Surette.

Image courtesy of The Guardian


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