Research / Themes / Communities

The study of how community features link to crime has been a staple of both criminology and urban sociology for almost 200 years. Investigations of the connections to delinquency are close to a 100 years old. The nature of that nexus, however, has changed dramatically in the last two decades given recent developments in the following arenas: increasing attention to spatial patterning within and between neighborhoods; expanded interest in both disorder and responses to crime; and recent concern about the effects of criminal justice operations, including arrest, imprisonment, and release, on fundamental features of community structure and crucial locality-based social and cultural processes.


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