The Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Division (CJDD) of SSSP supports research, teaching, and activism that contributes to the understanding and amelioration of social problems related to crime, criminal justice, juvenile delinquency, and agents/agencies of social control (e.g., the prison system). Prominent themes of members' scholarship and community engagement include, but are not limited to, systemic racial inequities, reducing victimization, promoting evidence-based practices toward issues of crime, criminal justice, and juvenile delinquency, and supporting increasing knowledge, professionalism and tolerance for diversity in the pursuit of public safety and social order. The division supports diversity and inclusion in all its forms.

The Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Division is committed to a critical examination of the administration of criminal and juvenile justice, systems of law, crime and inequality, and social control and punishment. This involves the notion that crime, deviance/delinquency and social justice are not static, but are changing, contested, constructed, and embedded in broader socio-historical, political, economic and interpersonal contexts.

Division mission statement edited in October 2020 by Kelley J. Sittner, Oklahoma State University, Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Division Chair, 2019-2021; Robert L. Peralta, The University of Akron, Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Division Chair-Elect, 2019-2021; and Sarah Jane Brubaker, Virginia Commonwealth University, Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Division Associate Chair, 2019-2021.