Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dr. Chamard publishes chapter on homeless encampments in book about criminal activity

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, recently published a chapter, "Factors Associated with Homeless Encampment Locations in Anchorage, Alaska," in the book, The Criminal Act: The Role and Influence of Routine Activity Theory, published by Palgrave MacMillan. The editors are Martin A. Anderson and Graham Farrell.

This book is a festschrift in honor of Dr. Marcus Felson, who originated the routine activity approach to crime rate analysis.  Dr.  Felson was Dr. Chamard's dissertation advisor at the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers-Newark.

Dr. Chamard's chapter looks at homeless encampments in the Turnagain, Fairview, Mountain View, and Tudor areas of Anchorage.  Encampment clusters were established using call for service data from the Anchorage Police Department.  The chapter then examines the different factors associated with each encampment cluster.