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Biosocial Criminology and Models of Criminal Decision Making  

Kyle Treiber

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter explores how integrating the science of criminal decision making and contemporary biosocial criminology can benefit our understanding of why people make criminal action ... More

Burglary Decisions  

Timothy Coupe

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter examines burglary event decisions, decisions leading up to the burglary, and the burglary characteristics that provide insights into them. It critically reviews the evidence ... More

Co-offending and Co-offender Selection  

Sarah B. van Mastrigt

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
A notable proportion of crime is committed in company, particularly during youth, but relatively little attention has been paid to the influence of co-offenders on criminal decision ... More

Cold-Blooded and Badass: A “Hot/Cool” Approach to Understanding Carjackers’ Decisions  

Gabriel T Cesar and Scott H. Decker

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
Carjacking is a bold crime characterized by unpredictability and danger. Media reports have identified carjackings throughout the world, and estimates suggest 34,000 occur annually in the ... More

Crime Journeys: Patterns of Offender Mobility  

Wim Bernasco

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Oct 2014
Crime requires the simultaneous presence of offenders and targets. This essay reviews what is known about how offenders come to intersect in time and space with their targets. It addresses ... More

Crime Location Choice: State of the Art and Avenues for Future Research  

Stijn Ruiter

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
Crime is unevenly distributed in space. This chapter discusses the uneven spatial patterns in crime from an offender decision-making perspective. It describes the main theoretical ... More

Crime Specialization  

Nadine Deslauriers-Varin, Patrick Lussier, and Stacy Tzoumakis

Crime specialization is one of the most researched and often-debated criminal career parameters. To date, the concept of specialization has been approached mainly from a static viewpoint ... More

Criminal Minds: Psychiatry, Psychopathology, and the Government of Criminality  

Stephen Garton

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May 2016
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Jul 2016
This article explores the impact of psychiatric theories and practices in the administration of criminal justice systems, largely in the Anglophone West. It focuses on the increasing use ... More

“Deciding” to Kill: Understanding Homicide Offenders’ Decision Making  

Fiona Brookman and Michelle Wright

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter examines the cognitive, affective, and situational factors that influence the decision-making processes of those who kill. With little existing research that specifically ... More

Dual-Process Models of Criminal Decision Making  

Jean-Louis van Gelder

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter discusses the application of dual-process and dual-system models to offender decision making. It is argued that these models offer a more accurate account of the decision ... More

Editors’ Introduction  

Wim Bernasco, Henk Elffers, and Jean-Louis van Gelder

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
Decision making is central to all human behavior, including criminal conduct. Virtually every discussion about crime or law enforcement is guided by beliefs about how people make decisions ... More

The Effect of Alcohol and Arousal on Criminal Decision Making  

M. Lyn Exum, Lauren A. Austin, and Justin D. Franklin

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
Consequentialist theories of criminal decision making assume crime is a choice that one undertakes if the perceived benefits of the act outweigh its costs. This a priori assessment of ... More

Emotions in Offender Decision Making  

Jean-Louis van Gelder

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter examines the influence of emotions on offender decision making. It reviews the empirical and theoretical criminological literature on the role of emotions in crime causation ... More

Evolutionary Approaches to Rational Choice  

Paul Ekblom

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter seeks to enrich and extend thinking about the rational choice perspective to offender decision making and its pivotal application in situational crime prevention by taking an ... More

Experimental Designs in the Study of Offender Decision Making  

Jeffrey A. Bouffard and Nicole Niebuhr

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
Research on offender decision making has utilized experimental designs and has often coupled these strong designs with the use of hypothetical vignettes that describe specific offending ... More

The explanation of sexual offending  

Tony Ward and Anthony Beech

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Jan 2017
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Jul 2017
This essay focuses on four core issues and their normative implications associated with the “theory problem” as it relates to sexual offending. First, a critical task is to build ... More

Game Theory  

Heiko Rauhut

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
Game theory analyzes strategic decision making of multiple interdependent actors and has become influential in economics, political science, and sociology. It provides novel insights in ... More

High Stakes: The Role of Weapons in Offender Decision Making  

Iain R. Brennan

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter describes the contradictory roles that weapons play in offender decision making as mechanisms that can both increase the physical harm to a victim of violence and also reduce ... More

How Do We Get to Causal Clarity on Physical Environment-Crime Dynamics?  

Ralph B. Taylor

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Sep 2018
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Feb 2018
This chapter discusses research and theorizing about the crime impacts of the physical environment, relating it to past reviews of scholarship in this area, and highlighting the crucial ... More

Informal Guardians and Offender Decision Making  

Danielle M. Reynald

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
Research has demonstrated that informal guardians affect offender decision making in a variety of crime contexts. This chapter highlights what can be learned from empirical research about ... More

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