Between Sex Differences: The Impact of Neighborhood Level Variables on Drug Arrest Rates

Jane M. Florence, Washington State University

Research on the ecological level has focused primarily on male offending or has focused on offending/arrests in general without disaggregating by sex. In addition, little ecological research has tried to account for variation in rates of drug arrests. The present study attempts to fill gaps in both of these areas by comparing male and female drug arrest rates for census tracts in the city of Los Angeles. More specifically, this study looks at female and male drug arrest rates within census tracts to see if structural factors, at the census tract level, can predict female drug arrest rates as well as they can predict male drug arrest rates. Results and theoretical implications will be discussed.

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