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Recent Research in Criminal Justice

Dr. Joshua Hinkle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Georgia State University and an Affiliated Scholar for the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. His research focuses on issues related to the effectiveness of police tactics in reducing crime and disorder and the impact of police tactics on targeted communities. In particular, his recent research has focused on hot spots and broken windows based policing tactics and their impacts on fear of crime, collective efficacy and police legitimacy. Other recent research has included testing the broken windows theory, studies of the methodologies used to measure disorder and fear of crime and randomized experimental evaluation methodology.  Here’s some of his research in those areas:

Hinkle, J. C. (2013). The relationship between disorder, perceived risk, and collective efficacy: A look into the indirect pathways of the broken windows thesisCriminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal Of Crime, Law & Society, 26(4), 408-432.

Weisburd, D., & Hinkle, J. C. (2012). The importance of randomized experiments in
evaluating crime prevention. In Brandon C. Welsh and David P. Farrington (eds.), The Oxford Handbook on Crime Prevention  (pp. 446-465). New York: Oxford University Press.

Weisburd, D., Hinkle, J.C.,  Famega, C., & Ready, J. (2011). The possible “backfire” effects of hot spots policing: An experimental assessment of impacts on legitimacy, fear and collective efficacyJournal of Experimental Criminology, 7, 297-320.

Hinkle, J. C., & Weisburd, D. (2008). The irony of broken windows policing: A micro-place study of the relationship between disorder, focused police crackdowns and fear of crime. Journal of Criminal Justice, 36, 503-512.