Date of Award

January 2008

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Justice Studies


This paper examines how climate change will likely affect crime and the American criminal justice system. Through an analysis of a wide-ranging set of governmental, legal, historical, and academic research documents, this study examines the highly consequential impact global warming could have on crime and criminal justice, as well as shedding light on whether we have the resources and infrastructure in place to respond to variously scientifically forecasted environmental scenarios? This piece reviews the core concepts and research into the climate change phenomenon, and then examines how legal and historical responses could impact the criminal justice apparatus' future. We conclude with a theoretical exposition of climate change's likely impact on crime and criminal justice- with an emphasis on the role of macro-cultural forces.