Economic Fluctuations and Social Disruption: An Analysis of Economic Change and Public Disorder Offenses

DeAnn K. Gauthier, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Asha D. Luthra, Louisiana State University
Craig Forsyth, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
William B. Bankston, Louisiana State University

This is an exploratory study of the relationship between public disorder offenses and economic change. Most research on crime has focused on serious offenses. Given that the resources of the criminal justice system are primarily devoted to the disposition of minor offenses, this research analyzes public disorder offenses over a 25 year period, 1974-1998. Activity in the oil industry in coastal regions of Louisiana is used as a measure of economic change.

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