Department of Criminology

Department of Criminology

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Projects

CRIMETIME/Short-Term Mindsets and Crime

Why are some people more likely to commit crime than others? Answers to this question, which is at the heart of criminology, can be grouped into two broad views. On the one hand, dispositional perspectives argue that stable factors within the individual, such as lack of self-control, lie at the… more

The 360º Virtual Scenario Method

The 360º Virtual Scenario research program aims to remedy some of the defects of the traditional scenario (or “vignette”) method by employing immersive 360º video. This virtual reality (VR) method is based on the assump­tion that the commonly used written scenarios are unlikely to capture the more… more

Virtual Burglary Project

The Virtual Burglary Project uses virtual reality (VR) versions of residential neighborhoods to study the behavior of burglars. Convicted burglars are invited to explore a neighborhood, select a target to burglarize, and commit a bur­glary in VR and to go about it just as they would in the real… more

The Dynamics of Recidivism

Questioning the Relationship Between Child Pornography and Child Sexual Abuse more

Criminal Sanctions and Recidivism

The aim of this longitudinal study is to analyze the criminal behavior of convicted individuals. Reconviction by type of offense, sanction, and socio-demographic characteristics like age and gender will be researched. The results of the first four waves of data collection are now available and cover… more

Freiburg Cohort Study

The aim of this study is to investigate, via official data, the emergence and evolution of crime, judicial reactions towards crime, and criminal careers. The Freiburg Cohort Study is a long-term project, which, due to its specific cohort design and its extensive period of evaluation, is unique in… more

Correctional Treatment and Reentry of Sex Offenders

Sex offenders in the social therapeutic institutions in the Free State of Saxony more

 Geographical Behavior of Stranger Offenders

In the vast majority of sex offenses, offender and victim know each other. However, violent sexual assaults perpe­trated by strangers often incite strong feelings of fear in the community. Furthermore, rapes by strangers often pose considerable challenges and concern for law enforcement agencies… more

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