Immigration, Crime, and Justice

Ramiro Martinez

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Immigration, Crime, and Justice

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The study of immigration, crime, and justice broadly involves research on the effects of immigration on crime or the extent of criminal involvement between the foreign born and the native born. Criminologists tend to favor examining the impact of immigration or percent foreign born, apart from other social and economic factors, on violent crime rates including homicide at the community or city level, though some have also looked at differences in involvement between immigrants and native-born individuals. Some social scientists also examine the effects of immigration on justice or public safety by using measures of incarceration as a proxy for criminal involvement. This includes all types of institutionalization including prisons, jails, and halfway houses. However one chooses to examine immigration and crime, the findings rarely support a positive relationship between immigration and crime.

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Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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