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The Stockholm Prize in Criminology

2019 Prize winners Prof. Peter Reuter and Ruth Dreifuss.

2019 Prize winners Prof. Peter Reuter and Ruth Dreifuss. Photo: Brå

The Stockholm Prize in Criminology is an international prize in the field of criminology. The prize is awarded for outstanding achievements in criminological research or for the application of research results by practitioners for the reduction of crime and the advancement of human rights.

Professor Herman Goldstein

Prof Herman Goldstein

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the board of the foundation responsible for the Stockholm Prize in Criminology has decided that no prize winner will be announced this year. The prize for 2021 will instead be announced together with the prize for 2022 in November 2021.

Prize winners 2020

The 2020 Stockholm Prize in Criminology has been awarded to Philip J. Cook and Franklin E. Zimring (USA) for their research in evidence-based explanations of gun policy effects.

Prize winners Franklin E. Zimring and Philip J. Cook.

Prize winners Franklin E. Zimring and Philip J. Cook

Read more about the prize and this year's prize winners. Pdf, 2.2 MB.

About the prize

The objectives of The Stockholm Prize in Criminology are to promote the development of:

  • improved knowledge on causes of crime on an individual and structural level
  • more effective and humane public policies for dealing with criminal offenders
  • greater knowledge of alternative crime prevention strategies inside and outside the judicial system
  • policies for helping the victims of crime
  • better ways to reduce the global problem of illegal or abusive practices that may occur in the administration of justice.

The prize is awarded to one recipient annually, with the possibility of being shared between co-recipients. The prize amounts to at least SEK 1,000,000. An independent international jury selects and appoints the prize recipient(s) from the nominations submitted.

About the jury

The jury consists of distinguished criminologists and practitioners of criminology, such as internationally recognized scholars, law enforcement officials and former prize recipients.

To read more about the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, the prize winners, the jury, the board of the foundation and donors, please visit Stockholm University's website.