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Policing Illegal Drug Markets: Geographic Approaches to Crime Reduction

Policing Illegal Drug Markets: Geographic Approaches to Crime Reduction BOOK REVIEWS Policing Illegal Drug Markets: Geographic ing five chapters move through a theoretical Approaches to Crime Reduction. George discussion of their model to an elabora- F. Rengert, Jerry H. Ratcliffe, and Sanjoy tion of their statistical analysis and, finally, Chakravorty. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice to a consideration of the findings and their Press, 2005. ix and 172 pp., maps, photos, implications. tables, and appendix. $31.50 paper (ISBN Their findings are many, and resist easy sum- 1-881789-57-7). mation. Many of the factors that they expected to influence the location of drug markets do Reviewed by Steve Herbert, Department of turn up as significant, but others do not. Yet, Geography and Law, Societies, and Justice taken together, the findings leave the authors Program, University of Washington, Seattle, convinced that ‘‘situational crime prevention’’ WA. techniques can indeed reshape the geography of Since 1980, the United States has seen its drug sales; if the police can help shut down the rate of incarceration quadruple, making it the most economically-sensible locations for drug world’s most punitive country. Drug laws are a markets, they will make the drug trade less lu- primary driver behind this incarceration frenzy. crative and therefore less robust. Even if http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Professional Geographer Taylor & Francis

Policing Illegal Drug Markets: Geographic Approaches to Crime Reduction

The Professional Geographer , Volume 59 (2): 2 – May 1, 2007
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1467-9272
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BOOK REVIEWS Policing Illegal Drug Markets: Geographic ing five chapters move through a theoretical Approaches to Crime Reduction. George discussion of their model to an elabora- F. Rengert, Jerry H. Ratcliffe, and Sanjoy tion of their statistical analysis and, finally, Chakravorty. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice to a consideration of the findings and their Press, 2005. ix and 172 pp., maps, photos, implications. tables, and appendix. $31.50 paper (ISBN Their findings are many, and resist easy sum- 1-881789-57-7). mation. Many of the factors that they expected to influence the location of drug markets do Reviewed by Steve Herbert, Department of turn up as significant, but others do not. Yet, Geography and Law, Societies, and Justice taken together, the findings leave the authors Program, University of Washington, Seattle, convinced that ‘‘situational crime prevention’’ WA. techniques can indeed reshape the geography of Since 1980, the United States has seen its drug sales; if the police can help shut down the rate of incarceration quadruple, making it the most economically-sensible locations for drug world’s most punitive country. Drug laws are a markets, they will make the drug trade less lu- primary driver behind this incarceration frenzy. crative and therefore less robust. Even if

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The Professional GeographerTaylor & Francis

Published: May 1, 2007

Keywords: crime; drugs; policing

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