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NCJ Number: 182517 Find in a Library
Title: Homicide and Nativity: A Look at Victimization and Offending in Los Angeles County
Journal: Homicide Studies  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:May 2000  Pages:162-184
Author(s): Susan B. Sorenson; Vivien Lew
Date Published: May 2000
Page Count: 23
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 9,442 homicides in Los Angeles County during 1990-94 formed the basis of an analysis of whether immigrants are more involved than are native-born persons in homicide.
Abstract: The research took into account population structure differences of the two groups to avoid attributing to nativity the risk associated with age, gender, and ethnicity. Results revealed that immigrants are at a slightly higher risk of becoming a homicide victim than are native-born persons. However, offense rates are difficult to interpret because no suspect was identified in 42.3 percent of the homicides. The analysis of data from known suspects revealed that persons born in the United States are 1.29 times more likely than foreign-born persons to commit homicide. However, the nature of the homicides of immigrants and by immigrants are, with some exceptions, substantially similar to the homicides of natives and by natives. Further research needs to provide more and better data to inform policy. Tables, notes, and 35 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): California; Homicide; Homicide victims; Immigrants/Aliens; Murderers; Victim profiles; Victim-offender relationships
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