Safe Space in the Eye of the Storm: An Examination of Neutral Zones Within Homicide Hot Spots

Terri Marie Adams-Fuller, Howard University

Research has shown that homicide is largely an urban phenomenon. Within some urban centers, concentrated levels of homicide rates exist in pockets of the city. A number of social scientists over the years, have informed us that there is a direct connection between crime and place (Harries 1974, Meither and Meier 1990, Felson and Cohen 1980). That is, certain types of crimes may occur in particular places due to the physical and social characteristics of those spaces. This paper examines the differences between neighborhoods that have been identified as homicide hot spots and those that exist within these areas but have not been the sites of homicide.

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