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NCJ Number: 229675 Find in a Library
Title: Research Note: Courthouse Shootings 1907-2007
Journal: Homicide Studies  Volume:14  Issue:1  Dated:February 2010  Pages:90-100
Author(s): Gregg W. Etter; Warren G. Swymeler
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 11
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is a descriptive study of courthouse shootings and the security responses to those shootings in the United States during the period of 1907 to 2007.
Abstract: As long as there have been courthouses, there has been a danger of violence surrounding them. Courthouses are a place where people take conflicts to be solved. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by foreign terrorists and the earlier 1995 attack against the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City by domestic terrorists has increased the awareness of the need for more security in public buildings. In this descriptive study of 500 sheriff’s departments across the United States, 114 courthouse shootings are examined for motive, weapon availability, and casualties occurred. Table, figures, references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Court room violence
Index Term(s): Court security; Courtrooms; Courts; Violence; Violence causes
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