Women, Wefare and Crime

Stephanie Bontrager, Florida State University

This paper will critically review and analyze twenty-three empirical studies that examine the relationship between the welfare and crime. As a whole, the research supports a conclusion that Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) is negatively correlated with crime rates at both the state and city levels. Additionally, new city level data will be introduced to examine the relationship between rates of welfare participation (as opposed to AFDC payments) and property crime. These findings as well as the findings from prior research will be examined in relation to several theoretical linkages that have been developed to explain the relationship between welfare and crime.

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