The Routine Arrest Space of Drug Offenders: Easy Pickings or Serial Stupidity?

James L. LeBeau, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

ABSTRACT
Using a data base of 32,188 drug arrestees in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina during 1997-2002, this paper examines the spatial patterns associated with the repeated arrests of the same individuals. The space containing the offender's residence(s) and the locations of his/her arrests constitutes the routine arrest space. The size and compactness of the arrest spaces will be compared with the race, age, and gender of the offenders and with the types and frequencies of their offenses; in addition their arrest spaces will be examined in relation to the spatial proximity of the activities of other offenders arrested for similar or different types of drug offenses.

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