Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie  
June 2019

Jonathan James

PhD student in Criminology
Université de Montréal

Award-winning publication: Sexual murderers in everyday life

Published in: Journal of Criminal Justice



Studies conducted among individuals who commit violent sex crimes are generally driven by specific etiological theories and models. Jonathan James argues that the perpetrators of violent sex crimes do not appear to be fundamentally different from other criminals described in conventional criminological theories. The knowledge developed based on more frequent criminal behaviours may therefore apply to more extreme types of criminality, thus enabling adjustments to clinical and police practices in such cases. These findings decompartmentalize the field of violent sex crimes and define the distinctive characteristics of those who perpetrate them to better adapt case management approaches.