8 avril 2021 - 11:45am to 12:30pm

Are there dangerous places and times for sexual crimes? Evidence from two cities

Thursday, April 8th 2021
from 11:45am to 12:30pm

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Current sexual offender legislation, such as residency restrictions and global positioning system monitoring, is based on assumptions of where and when sex offenders commit their crimes despite the limited empirical knowledge that exists regarding the spatiotemporal patterning of this type of violence. The objective of this presentation is to provide an overview of recent empirical work that uses the crime and place perspective to examine 1) does sexual crime cluster in space? 2) where does it cluster? And, 3) when does it occur? In light of the findings, implications for current sexual offender policies and situational crime prevention will be discussed.


Ashley N. Hewitt is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University. Her current research focuses on the spatiotemporal patterning of sexual crime. She is specifically interested in offender crime site selection, geographical profiling, and criminal investigations.

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