Crime and Place: Plenary Papers of the 1997 Conference on Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation [open pdf - 500KB]
"The Annual Conference on Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation is a distinctive forum. It is the major annual event at which federally sponsored criminal justice research is showcased. Federal sponsorship means recognition at the highest level of government of the need for and value of empirically based, objective research in the field. It also ensures that the projects funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), as well as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and other bureaus of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs will respond to the needs of practitioners-police chiefs and sheriffs, district attorneys, judges, and correctional officials and administrators, among others- as the major 'consumers' of research findings. Each paper explores a variation on the 1997 conference theme, 'crime and place.' For a number of reasons, researchers are revisiting at the microlevel the locations where crime is committed and at the macrolevel community involvement with criminal justice agencies in addressing crime. Not least among these reasons are the advent of computerized mapping as an aid to tracking and studying crime, the trend toward devolution of government to the local level and, perhaps, the need to recover a sense of community. With law enforcement leading the way, other components of the criminal justice system are redefining their visions and missions to better address crime within the context of community."
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