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Journalists do a poor job of correctly identifying copycat crime and social science hasn’t helped.

Surette, Ray (2015) Journalists do a poor job of correctly identifying copycat crime and social science hasn’t helped. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (14 Dec 2015). Website.

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Abstract

In the past mass shootings have often been referred to as ‘copycat’ crimes in media reports. But are these crimes truly triggered by earlier events? Ray Surette writes that identifying copycat crimes has long been problematic because many independent crimes that are similar are often identified as ‘copycat’. Using a new measure, he finds that in a sample of purported copycat crimes, less than 40 percent could actually be described as true copycat crimes. He argues that better knowledge of trends in copycat crimes through such new measures could help decision making in criminal justice policy.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 12:20
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 23:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75935

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