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Emerging Technology in Criminal Justice

Crime Mapping

One of the most significant advances in the area of information technology in the criminal justice field has been crime mapping using geographic information systems (GIS). Crime mapping looks at the spatial and temporal dimensions of crime and enhances the ability of law enforcement agencies to analyze crime in the context of other social forces, such as the locations of various types of crimes, public benefit distribution, health care, and demographic patterns.   

Required Reading

United States Department of Justice, Narional Institute of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. (2013, June 22). Mapping and analysis for public safety. Retrieved from

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice. (2009, October 14). Hot spot policing can reduce crime. Retrieved May 3, 2016, from

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