Journey to crime: A spatial analysis of offenders in the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program
AuthorHuff, Jessica Lee
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This study examines the spatial crime patterns of offenders monitored by the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (ROP) in Reno, Nevada. These offenders have been convicted of at least three violent felonies and are responsible for a large portion of crime occurring in the Reno area. To assist law enforcement monitor these offenders in the community, spatial and statistical analysis are conducted to measure a number of variables. ROP target offense consistency is analyzed to determine the most efficient ways to monitor these offenders in the community. This is an important analysis as ROP targets vary in the types of crimes they commit, which has implications for their spatial offending patterns. ROP target activities were mapped to analyze their crime visually. This enabled hot spot identification for ROP offenses by crime type. Mapping ROP targets further enabled the calculation of Euclidean travel distances based on crime type. These distances were compared to non-ROP targets to identify differing patterns between these offender types. Finally, due to the high concentration of budget motels in Reno and the correlation between convicted felons and limited residential opportunities, the relationships between ROP crime and motels has been analyzed.