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NCJ Number: 162081 Find in a Library
Title: Criminological Research on Public Housing: Toward a Better Understanding of People, Places, and Spaces
Journal: Crime & Delinquency  Volume:42  Issue:3  Dated:(July 1996)  Pages:361-378
Author(s): H R Holzman
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 18
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents data in support of the author's assertion that criminologists are woefully uninformed about the nature of public housing communities and their crime problems.
Abstract: Although public housing in the United States is often portrayed as crime-ridden, little information from official statistics is available to support this impression. Furthermore, only a few criminologists have done empirical research on crime in public housing, and that research has tended to focus on large public housing authorities in big cities. The author claims that accurate information on the level of crime in public housing is difficult to obtain, and knowledge of the volume and type of crime in public housing and how crime there compares to that found in other neighborhoods is fragmentary at best. However, the preponderance of anecdotal evidence as well as existing criminological research suggests that big-city public housing does have and will continue to have serious crime problems, and criminologists should do more research in these communities. Figure, notes, references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Architectural design; Community crime prevention programs; Crime Causes; Crime prevention measures; Crime Statistics; Data collections; Public housing; Research methods; Research uses in policymaking
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