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Thursday, November 1, 2012

POSTPONED: The Elusive Relationship between Communities and Crime: New Evidence from the South Bronx

The Elusive Relationship between Communities and Crime: New Evidence from the South Bronx A discussion with Andres Rengifo and Lee Ann Slocum Perspetives on social capital and neighborhood social order suggest that many community organizations including churches, block associations and other groups enhance the public safety of their immediate surroundings; however, the relationship between organizations and crime has not been fully examined empirically or theoretically. Little research has examined whether such a relationship exists, and if so, whether this association varies depending on the type of organization or local characteristics. We answer these questions using data from 74 small neighborhoods in the South Bronx and propose ways in which theory and policy can better account for the ecological relationship between organizations and crime. Andres F. Rengifo is an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice and Research Fellow in the Program in Criminal Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research examines how social control operates at the neighborhood level and how it interacts with formal and informal institutions. He is currently conducting a multi-year study of "stop and frisk" police practices across New York City neighborhoods in collaboration with researchers from the Vera Institute of Justice.  
Lee Ann Slocum received her PhD from the University of Maryland and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.   Her research interests include ecological differences in the use of formal social control; stability and change in offending over time; and research methods.  Her recent work has appeared in Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
 Sponsored by the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management and the Criminal Justice PIC. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Location:
    Taubman 401
  • Date:
    Thursday, November 1, 2012
  • Time:
    1:30 PM

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