ABSTRACT: Crime prevention has advanced enormously over the past 30 years. Researchers are now beginning to recognize the role of prevention in contributing to the "crime drop" (Farrell et al, in press). Much of this progress stems from research that focuses on crime, not criminals; on prevention, not arrest and punishment. Environmental criminology has grown as crime has declined. Situational crime prevention and crime analysis have been incorporated into problem-oriented policing. The last five years or so have seen an increase in environmental criminology publications in general interest criminal justice journals.
Faculty at John Jay College are building new research agendas and courses in these areas. This presentation introduces students and colleagues to environmental criminology and its loosely structured association for Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA). ECCA holds an annual symposium organized by members in countries throughout the world. The 2010 conference was held on Moreton Island, Brisbane, Australia; in 2011 we will meet in Durban, South Africa.
We will briefly describe ECCA and examples of research presented at recent meetings. The latter includes research by John Jay faculty: Mangai Natarjan, Mike Maxfield, Joshua Freilich, Violet Yu, Jon Shane. We will conclude by describing opportunities for student and faculty participation.
Farrell, Graham Tseloni, Andromachi, Jen Mailley, and Nick Tilley. “The Crime Drop and the Security Hypothesis.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 48 (in press).