SAGE Journal Articles

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Journal Article 1: Bisogno, E., Dawson-Faber, J., & Jandl, M. (2015). International classification for crime: A new instrument to improve comparative criminological research. European Journal of Criminology, 12, 535-550.

Abstract: This article presents the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS) developed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The aim of the ICCS is to provide a common ground for the production of criminal statistics around the world. The article describes the process that led to the development of the ICCS, and explains its rationale and its structure. In particular, it presents the way in which intentional homicide offences are classified, showing the potential that such classification could have for international comparisons of crime. The article describes also the results of the tests of the ICCS that were conducted in 41 countries, and briefly discusses the possibilities of implementing that classification across the world.

Journal Article 2: Williams, K. S., & Bierie, D. M. (2014). An incident-based comparison of female and male sexual offenders. Sexual Abuse, 27, 235-257.

Abstract: Identifying the ways in which male and female sex offenders differ is an important but understudied topic. Studies that do exist have been challenged by a reliance on small and select samples. Improving on these limitations, we use the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) to compare male and female sex offenders among all 802,150 incidents of sexual assault reported to police across 37 states between 1991 and 2011. Findings indicated some broad similarities between groups, including the most prominent offense location (home), most common victim–offender relationship (acquaintance), and the rarity of injuries or drug abuse during crimes. However, the data also showed several important differences between male and female sexual offenders. Most notably, females offended with male accomplices in more than 30% of their sexual crimes—far more often than occurred among male sexual offenders (2%). Likewise, females offended against a victim of the same sex in nearly half of their crimes, yet this was only true in approximately 10% of male sexual offenses. Implications for future research are discussed.