Biography

Jasmina is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Criminology, Oxford. Her research interests relate to youth justice, inequality, and alternative responses to youth crime.

Jasmina's DPhil research in Criminology at Oxford (funded through an ESRC doctoral studentship) offered an original empirical examination of the mechanisms behind class discrimination and the selection effects of institutions that deal with young people when they first become defined as troublesome by services. 

Jasmina is currently preparing a monograph for Routledge Criminology and Criminal Justice (forthcoming 2021) based on her doctoral research. The book’s main objective is to examine how a family’s social class on one side, and organisational working practices and discourses within agencies dealing with young offenders on the other, impacts the views and decisions of practitioners that work with young people in trouble with the law and their parents, and the consequences of these effects for their future lives.  

Jasmina holds an MPhil in Criminology & Criminal Justice (2015) and a DPhil in Criminology (2019) from the University of Oxford and a BA in Law (2009) from the University of Ljubljana. During her doctorate, Jasmina was the founder and convenor of the Criminology Working Group at Green Templeton College, Oxford. She also acted as a research assistant in several projects: The Adolescent to Parent Violence (APV) project, the Excluded Lives project, and the Crime and Mental Health conference. In 2015 and 2016, Jasmina organised the first two Graduate Conferences in Criminology in Oxford. Before commencing her doctorate, Jasmina worked as a judicial assistant at the District and Appellate Courts in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her publications include articles on various topics linked to criminology. Her research is funded by the ESRC.

Publications

Recent additions

  • J Arnez and R Condry, 'Criminological Perspectives on School Exclusion and Youth Offending' (2021) Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13632752.2021.1905233
    This article explores the relationship between school exclusion and youth crime and considers what criminological research can add to our understanding. The article first explores the history of the ways in which the criminological implications of school exclusion have been conceptualised, including the link between exclusion and young people’s offending, and the so-called ‘school-to-prison pipeline’. There is a long history of work in the UK and the US that explores how processes of school exclusion contribute to youth crime, the trajectory from the label of ‘troublemaker’ to more serious deviance, and how disciplinary policies can themselves lead to criminalisation. As we show, the relationship is complex and establishing causality is difficult. We then consider more recent work on how school exclusion contributes to the vulnerability and exploitation of marginalised young people. Finally, we argue for understanding young people’s lives, their educational experiences, and their involvement in offending, holistically and ‘in the round’, taking account of all their relationships and activities and employing contextual approaches to addressing these problems.
  • J Arnez, Negotiating Youth Deviance and Parenting: Exploring the Effects of Social Class in Professional Interactions (Routledge 2021) (forthcoming)

Journal Article (2)

J Arnez and R Condry, 'Criminological Perspectives on School Exclusion and Youth Offending' (2021) Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13632752.2021.1905233
This article explores the relationship between school exclusion and youth crime and considers what criminological research can add to our understanding. The article first explores the history of the ways in which the criminological implications of school exclusion have been conceptualised, including the link between exclusion and young people’s offending, and the so-called ‘school-to-prison pipeline’. There is a long history of work in the UK and the US that explores how processes of school exclusion contribute to youth crime, the trajectory from the label of ‘troublemaker’ to more serious deviance, and how disciplinary policies can themselves lead to criminalisation. As we show, the relationship is complex and establishing causality is difficult. We then consider more recent work on how school exclusion contributes to the vulnerability and exploitation of marginalised young people. Finally, we argue for understanding young people’s lives, their educational experiences, and their involvement in offending, holistically and ‘in the round’, taking account of all their relationships and activities and employing contextual approaches to addressing these problems.
J Arnez, 'The Potential Use of Legitimate Force for the Preservation of Order: Defining the Inherent Role of Public Police through Policing Functions that Cannot be Carried Out by Private Police ' (2016) The Journal of Legal Studies (Slovenia) 23

Review (1)

Book (1)

J Arnez, Negotiating Youth Deviance and Parenting: Exploring the Effects of Social Class in Professional Interactions (Routledge 2021) (forthcoming)

Chapter (2)

J Arnez, 'Institutional Responses to Youth Deviance and Parenting: Exploring Professional Perceptions on the Role of Social Class at the Beginnings of Offending Pathways and Desistance from Crime' in Albrecht, H.J., Walsh, M. and Weinhausen-Knezevic, E. (eds), Desistance Processes among Young Offenders Following Judicial Interventions (Berlin: Dunckel & Humblot 2019)
J Arnez, 'Examining Risk as a Political Construct: The Impact of Changing Views of the Prevailing Threats to Public Safety on the Definition of Risk ' in Mesko, G. and Lobnikar, B. (eds), Criminal Justice and Security in Central and Eastern Europe: Safety, Security and Social Control in Local Communities (Ljubljana: Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security 2016)

Centres

Research projects

Research Interests

crime and the family, youth justice, politics of crime control, sociology of deviance, inequality, alternative responses to youth offending 

Research projects