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Beyond 'What Works': Advancing Understanding of Crime through Systematic Reviews

New Content ItemEdited by Rob T. Guerette, Florida International University

Since their origins in the health sciences, systematic reviews and meta-analyses in criminology have largely been focused on the effectiveness of various interventions in preventing crimes and other problem behavior. Yet the strength of systematic reviews also makes them useful for synthesizing and improving our understanding of crime more in general, such as environmental aspects, its patterns, organization, and explanation.

This article collection is devoted to systematic reviews and meta-analyses that are intended to improve that understanding. It includes actual systematic reviews and meta-analyses as well as comments and thoughts on the matter. Additionally, it hosts other empirical manuscripts that are relevant to the use of systematic reviews as a means to improve knowledge of specific aspects.


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  1. Systematic review

    Ravenous wolves revisited: a systematic review of offending concentration

    Numerous studies have established that crime is highly concentrated among a small group of offenders. These findings have guided the development of various crime prevention strategies. The underlying theme of ...

    Natalie N. Martinez, YongJei Lee, John E. Eck and SooHyun O

    Crime Science 2017 6:10

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  2. Systematic review

    How concentrated is crime at places? A systematic review from 1970 to 2015

    Despite the increasing awareness and interests about the importance of crime concentration at places, scholars have not comprehensively synthesized the body of evidence related to this thesis. We conduct a sys...

    YongJei Lee, John E. Eck, SooHyun O and Natalie N. Martinez

    Crime Science 2017 6:6

    Published on: 26 May 2017