|A series of recent research projects have examined the dynamics of
criminal homicide in Houston/Harris County. These have included comparisons
to other cities (i.e. Chicago) and to county-level studies (BJS, 1993),
regarding (1) the legal disposition of homicide cases, based upon the
victim-offender relationships, (2) spousal sex ratios of killing, and (3)
intimate partner homicide risk for women from partners who are not their
children's biological fathers.
The proposed round table presentation/discussion takes these earlier
projects a step further by focusing upon research conducted during the
summer of 2002, via the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International
Criminal Law. This research compares the dynamics of homicide between
Houston/Harris County and the State of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany; areas
proximate in geographic size, yet culturally quite different.
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