As criminologists, we spend our working lives attempting to explain and improve the criminal justice system. Our level of discourse is high, but does our work reach those outside our small academic community? Bruce Springsteen is a musician, not a criminologist. Over the course of his career, Bruce Springsteen has regularly written about class, inequality, and the criminal justice system. The significance of his work lies in his ability to articulate, on a popular level, the concerns about social justice often expressed by academicians. In this paper I examine the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen, and how they deal with issues of social justice.
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