Predicting Lethal Versus Non-Lethal Outcomes: The Impact of Offender and Offense Characteristics on Violent Incidents

Gregory S. Weaver, Auburn University
Janice E. Clifford-Wittekind, Auburn University
Thomas A. Petee, Auburn University
Lin Huff-Corzine, University of Central Florida
Jay Corzine, University of Central Florida

ABSTRACT
This study seeks to identify key factors associated with lethal versus non-lethal outcomes of violent incidents. Data for this study are derived from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). A number of contextual factors, including weapon choice, victim/offender relationship, the nature of the incident, and other offender and offense characteristics will be examined to determine their impact on the lethality of violent crimes. Results will be discussed in terms of policy implications.

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