Abstract

Using a combination of techniques stemming from the spatial analysis approach of Geography, structural-functionalist theory in Sociology, and an ecological perspective of Criminology, this thesis addresses where sex offenders reside and why. Analyses were performed using the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota as a typical urban setting. The study fuses multiple disciplines work on the complex social problem of released risk level III sex offender management in a spatially-conscious, micro-scale analysis attempting to understand the distribution of released offenders and the relevance of social disorganization theory in explaining their distribution. Socio-economic status and family disruption are tested and found to be important components of a generalized or fuzzy correlation between calculated social disorganization and offender settlement. In concert with other recent research in the U.S., residential stability is a variable of limited determinate capability. In an attempt to understand the fuzzy correlation, this fused analysis develops urban design considerations for mitigation of offender concentrations as well as other insights for policy and management. Inclusive in this analysis is the revelation that offenders often settle in physically and socially disrupted `wedge,' or isolated neighborhoods. It suggests the merit of complimentary quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques in urban socio-spatial analysis.

Advisor

Donald A. Friend

First Committee Member

Cynthia Miller

Date of Degree

2011

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Geography

College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

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