Predicting Crime: The review of Research


The objectives of the research that is summarized in this report are to:

  1. Identify and examine research and other literature that addresses the future of crime, with a focus on the first two decades of the 21st Century;
  2. Identify individuals and organizations in Canada and abroad that have developed crime predictions, examine their mandate, the nature of their research, and the methods, instruments, and analytical tools they used;
  3. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the existing research and forecasts;
  4. Examine research and organizations in Canada in order to comparatively analyze the current capacities and practices in Canada against other countries;
  5. Provide recommendations to the Department of Justice on future research to be undertaken in Canada and the potential replication of relevant foreign organizations and research methods in this country; and
  6. Document the research findings, analysis, and recommendations, in draft and final reports to be submitted to the Department of Justice.
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