Juvenile offenders: An examination of distance-to-crime and crime clusters

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Abstract

  • The current study focuses on crime location characteristics of juvenile offenders. Based on the argument that juveniles have limited routine activities that restrict their awareness space, where juvenile offenders commit crimes becomes important to understand. Specifically, the current study examines the distance juveniles travel to specific crime types. As juveniles age towards 18 years, it is expected that the distance traveled to commit crime increases based on a greater awareness space/access to transportation. Additionally, we examine the clustering of crime incidents that were committed by juveniles to understand the spatial relationship between crime clusters and characteristics of the built environments (i.e. businesses). The current study utilizes arrest data that contain incident and home addresses in Little Rock, Arkansas to study juvenile distance-to-crime and crime clusters. The results of the analyses are discussed in relation to juveniles routine activities and possible changes in routine activities as they age.
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    Author List

  • Drawve G; Walker JT; Felson M
  • Start Page

  • 122
  • End Page

  • 133
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 2