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Journal of Experimental Criminology

Journal of Experimental Criminology

Editor-in-Chief: Lorraine Mazerolle
Editor, Systematic Reviews: David B. Wilson

ISSN: 1573-3750 (print version)
ISSN: 1572-8315 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11292

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The journal celebrates 10 years of publishing original contributions to experimental criminology. The journal is the official journal of one of the largest divisions in the American Society of Criminology (Division of Experimental Criminology) publishing original research that advances theories of crime and criminology and informs the development of evidence based crime and justice policy. Manuscripts can be long (up to 8,000 words) or short (2,000 words) reporting empirical results from high quality experimental, quasi-experimental research and evaluation projects as well as from systematic reviews that meet the standard of reviews of the Campbell or Cochrane Collaborations. The 10th Anniversary Special Issue will be published in 2015 demonstrating the breadth of impact achieved by experimental approaches to criminology, crime policy and justice issues across the globe. The broad public policy appeal of the journal is highlighted in some of these selected recent articles.
Lorraine Mazerolle


The Evidence-Based Policing Matrix

Evidence-based policing requires both scholars and practitioners to use information on “what works” to develop effective police strategies. This paper describes of one of the most comprehensive online interactive tools that houses, and updates yearly, all moderately rigorous to highly rigorous evaluations on police efforts to control crime.

Spatial displacement and diffusion of benefits among geographically focused policing initiatives: a meta-analytical review

Geographically-focused policing raises the concern that such efforts simply displace crime to other areas. This meta-analysis examined 16 studies that provided estimates of both the effectiveness of a geographically-focused policing intervention at reducing crime in the target area as well as an estimate of any displacement or diffusion of benefit. The findings show that effective interventions are more likely to benefit adjacent areas than displace crime to those areas.

The possible “backfire” effects of hot spots policing: an experimental assessment of impacts on legitimacy, fear and collective efficacy

Hot spots policing is widely found to control crime and disorder problems. Yet critics of hot spots policing sometimes worry that it can negatively impact residents’ perceptions of crime and police. The Weisburd and colleagues paper finds that residents are not particularly aware of or affected by hot spots policing, finding no negative impact of hot spots policing on residents’ perceptions of crime and their views of police.

Procedural justice, routine encounters and citizen perceptions of police: main findings from the Queensland Community Engagement Trial (QCET)

This paper presents results of the first randomized field trial testing procedurally just policing through a scripted dialogue. Drivers whose encounter with police at random breath testing operations involved the scripted procedurally just dialogue reported changed views of police and attitudes towards drink driving, greater willingness to comply with police and increased satisfaction with the encounter overall than drivers who had experienced the standard random breath testing encounter with police.

A systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of young offender treatment programs in Europe

Offender rehabilitation programs have proliferated in Europe in the 21st century, yet much of the evidence for effectiveness originates from North America. This meta-analysis examined 25 controlled evaluations of correctional programs for young offenders in Europe, to determine the impact on reoffending in the European context. Overall, the mean effect was in favour of treatment, but with significant variation across the types of intervention. The largest reductions in reoffending were seen in behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatments, and strategies that adhered to a risk-needs-responsivity model.

Community-oriented policing to reduce crime, disorder and fear and increase satisfaction and legitimacy among citizens: a systematic review

Community-oriented policing emphasizes community involvement in crime prevention efforts. This paper provides a thorough review of evaluations of community-oriented policing interventions, including their challenges and prospects. The review’s findings suggest that community-oriented policing strategies have positive effects on citizen satisfaction, perceptions of disorder, and police legitimacy, but limited effects on crime and fear of crime.

The next generation of court-mandated domestic violence treatment: a comparison study of batterer intervention and restorative justice programs

This paper compares domestic violence cases randomly assigned to either a mandated group-based Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) or restorative justice-based treatment program called Circles of Peace (CP). Results indicate that the restorative justice CP approach, whilst not significantly better, did no worse than the traditional BIP.

Increased death rates of domestic violence victims from arresting vs. warning suspects in the Milwaukee Domestic Violence Experiment (MilDVE)

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The authors present a 23-year follow-up to a randomized field trial of policing domestic violence. The results suggest that domestic violence victims whose partners were arrested were more likely to have died in the intervening years than those whose partners were warned. The results demonstrate that policy makers and police practitioners need to carefully consider their decisions to arrest domestic violence perpetrators, balancing their arrest decision with the need to protect victims from domestic abuse and potential negative, unintended long-term consequences.

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