Ph.D. (2008) University of Pennsylvania
In 2008 Dr Caplan joined the faculty as Assistant Professor. His dissertation was on victim input into parole decisions. He has been a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Cartographic Modeling Lab (CML) where he has applied spatial analysis to projects relating to gun violence, emergency medical services, disaster management, mental illness, prisoner reentry, and crime control. His research focuses on social controls, particularly public safety and corrections. He studies the intersection of criminal justice policies and practices and the affects on various stakeholders such as victims, offenders, practitioners, and the public-at-large.
Areas of Specialization
GIS Mapping & spatial analysis
Caplan, J., Kennedy, L., and Piza, E. (Forthcoming). Violent Crime Forecasting with Event Dependent and Contextual Crime Analysis Techniques. Crime & Delinquency.
Piza, E., Caplan, J. and Kennedy, L. (Forthcoming). Is the Punishment More Certain? An Analysis of CCTV Detections and Enforcement. Justice Quarterly.
Caplan, J. 2011. Mapping the spatial influence of crime correlates: A comparison of operationalization schemes and implications for crime and criminal justice practice. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research 13
Caplan, J. M., L. W. Kennedy, & J. Miller. 2011. Risk terrain modeling: Brokering criminological theory and GIS methods for crime forecasting. Justice Quarterly 28.
Kennedy, L. W., J. M. Caplan & E. Piza. 2011. Risk clusters, hotspots, and spatial intelligence. Risk terrain modeling as an algorithm for police resource allocation strategies. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 27
Caplan, J. M., L. W. Kennedy, & G. Petrossian. 2011. Police-monitored CCTV cameras in Newark, NJ: a quasi experimental test of crime deterrence. Journal of Experimental Criminology 7
Matejkowski, J., Caplan, J. & S. Wiesel Cullen. 2010. The impact of severe mental illness on parole decisions. Social integration within a prison setting. Criminal Justice & Behavior 37
Caplan, J. 2010. Parole release decision: Impact of positive and negative victim and non-victim input on a representative sample of parole-eligible inmates. Violence & Victims 25.
Caplan, J. M., & S. C. Kinnevy. 2010. National surveys of state paroling authorities: Models of service delivery. Federal probation 74.
Caplan, J. M. 2010. Parole release decisions: Impact of victim input on a representative sample of inmates. Journal of Criminal Justice 38
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