Do Neighborhoods Influence Juvenile Crime?


Juveniles are more likely to commit crimes, especially drug offenses, if they live in crime-heavy neighborhoods, found researchers from Temple University in a recently published study.The report, “The Coaction of Neighborhood and Individual Effects on Juvenile Recidivism,” was published in Cityscape, a HUD journal focusing on original research on housing and community development issues.

Researchers considered several outcome variables based on different recidivating offense types: drug offenses,
person (violent) offenses, and property offenses. They found that high rates of juvenile recidivism in the neighborhood surrounding individual youths greatly increased the likelihood of recidivism in individual offenders.

Access the research here.

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