Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis

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Richard Wortley, Lorraine Mazerolle
Routledge, May 13, 2013 - Social Science - 320 pages

Environmental criminology is a generic label that covers a range of overlapping perspectives. At the core, the various strands of environmental criminology are bound by a common focus on the role that the immediate environment plays in the performance of crime, and a conviction that careful analyses of these environmental influences are the key to the effective investigation, control and prevention of crime.

Environmental Crime and Crime Analysis brings together for the first time the key contributions to environmental criminology to comprehensively define the field and synthesize the concepts and ideas surrounding environmental criminology. The chapters are written by leading theorists and practitioners in the field. Each chapter will analyze one of the twelve major elements of environmental criminology and crime analysis. This book will be essential reading for both practitioners and undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in this subject.


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situating the theory analytic approach and application
Part One Understanding the Crime Event
Part Two Analysing Crime Patterns
Part Three Preventing and Controlling Crime

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About the author (2013)

Richard Wortley is Head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Brisbane. He has a Ph.D in psychology from Macquarie University, Sydney, and began his career as a prison psychologist in the New South Wales prison system, a position he held for nine years. It was his experience in prisons that convinced Dr Wortley of the crucial role of the immediate environment in shaping human behaviour in general and prisoner behaviour in particular. During this period he was involved in the establishment of the first unit management facility in an Australian prison (Bathurst Gaol), and the success of these units in reducing violence showed him that positive change in prison was possible. Since taking up a university position he has taught and researched in the areas of corrections and crime prevention. Recent articles have appeared in Law and Human Behaviour, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Crime Prevention Studies and Studies in Crime and Crime Prevention. He is currently National Chair of the Australian College of Forensic Psychologists.

Lorraine Mazerolle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. She is the author of Policing Places with Drug Problems (1999) and co-editor, with Jan Roehl, of Civil Remedies and Crime Prevention (1998).

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