Effects of Neighborhood Residence and Experience With the Justice System on Attitudes Toward the Criminal Justice System

Kristen Scully, Florida State University
Todd R. Clear, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

This paper examines differences in attitudes toward the justice system by looking at how experience with the justice system, as well as the effects of neighborhood residence, influence individuals in Tallahassee, Florida. By taking into consideration where individuals live, we will be able to look at neighborhood characteristics in relation to individual attitudes towards the justice system. Looking at experience with the justice systems begins to focus on why individuals may have the attitudes that they do. This analysis uses a multilevel design allowing us to study the attitudes toward the justice system at both the individual and neighborhood levels. Combining both of these levels will allow us a deeper look into variation in attitudes toward the justice system.

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