An exploratory analysis of factors associated with repeat homicide in Canada

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Title An exploratory analysis of factors associated with repeat homicide in Canada
Author Cale, Jesse; Plecas, Darryl; Cohen, Irwin; Fortier, Stephanie
Journal Name Homicide Studies
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage
Abstract The current study presents the results of the first Canadian national study on the characteristics of repeat homicide offenders and the factors associated with homicide recidivism. The research involves an analysis of National Parole Board (NPB) files for all homicide offenders in Canada who committed more than one homicide ( n = 86) between 1975 and 2005 and a matched sample of homicide offenders who only committed one homicide (n = 84). Descriptive and bivariate analyses are used to examine and compare characteristics of single-time homicide offenders (SHOs) and repeat homicide offenders (RHOs). Logistic regression analysis reveals that RHOs lacked employment prior to their first homicide and became involved in alcohol and drug-influenced lifestyles. Furthermore, RHOs experience reductions in family and community support after release from custody for the first homicide. This reduction of support will likely reflect at-risk behavior and crime lifestyles associated with being unlawfully at large and alcohol and drug involvement.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 14
Issue Number 2
Page from 159
Page to 180
ISSN 1088-7679
Date Accessioned 2011-02-21
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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