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The Handbook of Measurement Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Beth M. Huebner (Editor), Timothy S. Bynum (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-86878-2
600 pages
June 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume of the series was designed to provide a comprehensive primer on the existing best practices and emerging developments in the study and design research on crime and criminology. The work as a whole includes chapters on the measurement of criminal typologies, the offenders, offending and victimization, criminal justice organizations, and specialized measurement techniques. Each chapter is written by experts in the field and they provide an excellent survey of the literature in the relevant area. More importantly, each chapter provides a description of the various methodological and substantive challenges presented in conducting research on these issues and denotes possible solutions to these dilemmas. An emphasis was placed on research that has been conducted outside of the United States and was designed to give the reader a broader more global understanding of the social context of research.

The goal of this volume is to provide a definitive reference for professionals in the field, researchers, and students. This volume in the Handbooks in Criminology and Criminal Justice series identifies the principal topical areas of research in this field and summarizes the various methodological and substantive challenges presented in conducting research on these issues. In each chapter, authors provide a summary of the prominent data collection efforts in the topical area, provide an overview of the current methodological work, discuss the challenges in the measurement of central concepts in the subject area, and identify new horizons emerging in data collection and measurement. We encouraged authors to discuss work conducted in an international context and to incorporate discussion of qualitative methodologies when appropriate.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Introduction 1
Beth M. Huebner and Timothy S. Bynum

Part I Measurement of Criminal Typologies 7

1 Violent Crime 9
Nicholas Corsaro

2 Cybercrime 29
Thomas J. Holt

3 Juvenile Crime and Bullying 49
Sean P. Varano and Joseph M. McKenna

4 Rape and Other Sexual Offending Behaviors 69
Wesley G. Jennings and Bryanna Hahn Fox

5 White ]Collar and Corporate Crime 92
Michael L. Benson, Jay Kennedy, and Matthew Logan

6 Human Trafficking 111
Amy Farrell and Katherine Bright

7 Challenges in Measuring and Understanding Hate Crime 131
Jack McDevitt and Janice A. Iwama

Part II Offenders, Offending, and Victimization 157

8 Gangs and Gang Crime 159
Chris Melde

9 Gendered Pathways to Crime 181
Julie Yingling

10 Mental Health and Physical Studies 202
Daryl G. Kroner and Maranda Quillen

11 Rehabilitation and Treatment Programming 223
Faye S. Taxman and Brandy L. Blasko

12 Measuring Victimization: Issues and New Directions 249
Leah E. Daigle, Jamie A. Snyder, and Bonnie S. Fisher

Part III Criminal Justice Organizations and Outcomes 277

13 Community Policing and Police Interventions 279
Michael J. Kyle and Joseph A. Schafer

14 Measurement Issues in Criminal Case Processing and Court Decision Making Research 303
Brian D. Johnson and Christina D. Stewart

15 Sentencing Outcomes and Disparity 328
Jared M. Ellison and Pauline K. Brennan

16 Correctional Interventions and Outcomes 351
Eric Grommon and Jason Rydberg

17 How Theory Guides Measurement: Public Attitudes toward Crime and Policing 377
Jonathan Jackson and Jouni Kuha

18 Measuring the Cost of Crime 416
Matt DeLisi

19 School Crime and Safety 434
Thomas Mowen, John Brent, and Aaron Kupchik

20 Traffic Stops, Race, and Measurement 452
Kyle Mclean and Jeff Rojek

Part IV Specialized Measurement Techniques 473

21 Self ]Reported Crime and Delinquency 475
Scott Menard, Lisa C. Bowman ]Bowen, and Yi Fen Lu

22 Crime and the Life Course 496
Lee Ann Slocum

23 Conducting Qualitative Interviews in Prison: Challenges and Lessons Learned 517
Kristin Carbone ]Lopez

24 Spatial Analysis of Crime 535
Steven M. Radil

25 Network Analysis 555
Owen Gallupe

Index 576

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Author Information

Dr. Beth M. Huebner is a Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her research interests include prisoner reentry, criminal justice decision making, gendered perspectives on crime and justice, and public policy. She is the author or co-author of several scholarly articles and book chapters, and her work on incarceration and marriage was honored with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Donal MacNamara Award. She was also given the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice Wall of Fame: Young Alumni Award.

Dr. Timothy S. Bynum is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He is the past Director of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, (NACJD), at the Inter-university Consortium on Political and Social Research, at the University of Michigan. Professor Bynum's current research includes the study of community-based interventions to reduce gang and gun violence, the implementation and assessment of an innovative neighborhood approach to violence in nine communities, and an assessment of the impact of residency restrictions for sex offenders. He previously conducted research on reentry programs for offenders released from prison, programs to reduce school violence, community based correctional alternatives for both adult and juvenile offenders, and gang intervention programs.

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