Volume 1, Issue 2, January 1999
ISSN 1096-4886 http://www.westerncriminology.org/Western_Criminology_Review.htm
Our second issue of the Western Criminology Review examines various issues of interest to scholars, practitioners, policymakers, teachers, students, and many others, both locally and internationally. The topics include the effectiveness of daytime curfews, the animation of crime maps through virtual reality modeling, theoretical integration of alternative paradigms in criminology, and typologies of drug dependents. There is also a review a provocative new book on women prisoners. All have varied but important potential implications for theory, research, and practice that go beyond their immediate data sources.
Mike Males and Dan Macallair present the results of their intensive and systematic analysis of the effectiveness of daytime curfews. This paper is likely to generate considerable discussion since it directly addresses the effects of official policies for controlling youth. This study has been conducted using publicly available data, conveniently included in an appendix.
Suresh K. Lodha and Arvind Verma introduce and explore the potential of animating crime maps through Virtual Reality Modeling Language to practitioners and the fields of criminology and criminal justice. Their work is an original contribution to the study of how to best analyze and understand the spatial distribution of crime. Electronic crimemapping has gained momentum around the world and their contribution is likely to be of broad interest.
Rebecca Katz explores the potential of partially integrating major theories of crime and then tests the ideas using data from the well-known Cambridge Study in Youth Development. Her work will be of special interest to theorists and those who study crime longitudinally.
George Youcobian studies drug dependency among arrestees. His study creates a classification of drug dependents that may stimulate thought about how to link treatment options with individual needs.
Finally, Joanne Belknap shares her thoughts about Barbara Owen's latest book, 'In the Mix': Struggle and Survival in a Women's Prison.
I hope that you find this issue of the WCR thought-provoking, timely, and useful.
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