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NCJ Number: 184599 Find in a Library
Title: Crime in Public Housing: Clarifying Research Issues
Journal: National Institute of Justice Journal  Issue:235  Dated:March 1998  Pages:2-9
Author(s): Jeffrey Fagan; Tamara Dumanovsky; J. Phillip Thompson; Garth Davies
Date Published: March 1998
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the history of public housing, summarizes some lessons learned from previous research on crime in public housing, explores the variability among public housing communities, and suggests areas for future research.
Abstract: Contextual and structural factors and several aspects of management and administration may affect crime rates in public housing. Relevant factors may include the management, the admission and eviction policies, the amount and extent of police presence and response, and tenant organizations and perceptions. Variations in physical structure and neighborhood may also have an influence. Research design issues include the unit of analysis, the selection of comparison groups, diffusion and displacement effects, event locations, apportioning effects, and measurement considerations. Data collection strategies include surveys, official records, and observations. Public housing authorities, police records, injury surveillance data, and tenant/resident surveys each have specific features and limitations as data sources. Research also needs to recognize the variety of public housing residents, including long-term residents, distressed families, working-class loners, and residents who are coping but isolated. Reference notes
Main Term(s): Crime prevention planning
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Crime rate studies; Criminal justice research; Data collections; Environmental influences; Public housing; Research design; Research methods; Social cohesion; Social conditions
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