The Effects of Incarceration on Attitudes Toward the Criminal Justice System

Kristen Scully, Florida State University

ABSTRACT
Research on attitudes toward the justice system generally focus on inividual characteristics. More recent research has begun to look at how neighborhood characteristics can influence an individual's attitude toward the justice system. Using a social disorganization framework, this paper examines how incarderation affects an individual's attitude toward the justice system. Using both individual and neighborhood level data regarding incarceration, this study extends the current research. The study uses survey data from Tallahassee, Florida as well as neighborhood level data including the number of individuals released from and admitted to prison for each neighborhood in a given year to examine its impact on attitudes toward the justice system.

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