Tarleton-Fort Worth hosts talk with world-renown criminology expert

Dr. Marcus Felson

FORT WORTH (September 24, 2015) —A talk with Dr. Marcus Felson, known worldwide for his work in Routine Activities Theory—one of the foundations of crime prevention—is set from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at Tarleton State University’s Fort Worth campus.

Author of Crime and Everyday Life (now in its fourth printing), Felson is the newest fellow of Tarleton’s Institute for Predictive and Analytic Policing Science—one of four institutes within the university’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies.

Routine Activities Theory suggests that crime is relatively unaffected by social causes such as poverty, inequality and unemployment. For instance, after World War II, crime rose significantly even though the economy was booming.

According to Felson, the reason for the increase is that prosperity in contemporary society offers greater opportunity for crime to occur.

Public safety and law enforcement professionals turn to Felson’s work to understand juvenile street gangs, organized crime and outdoor drug sales.

Tarleton-Fort Worth is located in the Hickman Building at 6777 Camp Bowie Blvd. The event is open to the public, but RSVPs are required due to limited seating.

RSVP to Dr. Megan Hollis, director of the Institute for Predictive and Analytic Policing Science, at hollis@tarleton.edu.

For more information on Tarleton’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies, visithttp://www.tarleton.edu/COLFAWEB/criminaljustice/index.html.

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