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NCJ Number: 128505 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and Criminal Justice in New York State: A Survey of Public Opinion; Volume I: Crime, Neighborhood Safety and Responses to Crime
Author(s): S E Lansing
Corporate Author: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Office of Justice Systems Analysis
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Albany, NY 12203
Grant Number: 87-BJ-CX-K025
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
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United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Volume I of a survey of public opinion on crime and criminal justice in New York State focuses on respondents' attitudes toward crime, neighborhood safety, and responses to crime.
Abstract: New York State undertook its first public opinion survey on criminal justice issues during October and November of 1987. A total of 1,000 people randomly selected from throughout the State participated in a telephone survey. Respondents were much more likely to believe that crime had increased statewide rather than in their neighborhoods during the 12 months preceding the survey. Almost all of the respondents reported that their primary source of information about crime and the criminal justice system was the news media. The majority of people in New York State felt relatively safe out alone in their neighborhoods both during the day and at night. Females, nonwhites, Hispanics, and those 65 years of age or older felt less safe out alone at night in their neighborhoods. Perceptions of neighborhood safety were associated with neighborhood victimizations; however, neighborhood "quality of life" was more strongly associated with perceptions of neighborhood safety than victimization. The perceived threat of crime motivated many respondents to take measures to protect both themselves and their households during the 12 months prior to the survey. 11 notes, 4 tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of Crime
Index Term(s): Fear of crime; New York
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