Neighborhod Characteristics and the Nature of the Police Response to Victims' Reports of Crime

Stephen M. Schnebly, University of Missouri - St. Louis

ABSTRACT
This research uses data from the Area-Identified National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and the U.S. Census to examine the influence of neighborhood characteristics on the nature of police response to victims' reports of crime. By examining this issue, the study seeks to broaden our understanding of the dynamic process of formal control and produce findings that inform policymaking aimed at the pursuit of an equitable allocation of criminal justide resources. With regard to selection effects that may result from systematically biased police response, it is anticipated that the study's results will hold valuable implications for both macro-level theory testing and research examining disparate outcomes at a variety of stages of the criminal justice process.

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