Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Microsimulation Models of the Criminal Justice System

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_689


This entry provides an introduction to the use of microsimulation models for informing decision making by criminal justice system professionals. Microsimulation models are placed within a framework for understanding computer simulation models. A brief history of the use of simulation models and microsimulation models in the criminal justice system is provided. The processes involved in the development of the Queensland Juvenile Justice Simulation model are described to illustrate the steps required to develop, validate, and use a microsimulation model. Finally, some of the challenges and advantages to using microsimulation models in the criminal justice system are explored.

Overview of Social Science Microsimulation Modelling

Within the social sciences three broad approaches to computer simulation models have been identified: macrosimulation approach, microsimulation approach, and agent-based modelling approach (Macy and Willer 2002). The development of macrosimulation models...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Criminology and Criminal JusticeGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia