Suburban Sprawl, Race, and Juvenile Justice

Paul A. Jargowsky, Scott A. Desmond and Robert D. Crutchfield

in Our Children, Their Children

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226319889
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226319919 | DOI:
Suburban Sprawl, Race, and Juvenile Justice

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This chapter addresses the increasing concentration of poverty in the United States, a trend that leads to more and more children and young adults growing up in economically devastated and socially isolated neighborhoods, particularly African-American and Hispanic youths. A central cause of the increased isolation of the poor, greater concentration of poverty, and crime has been the growth of joblessness in many American cities. The chapter also examines the metropolitan development process that contributes to the increasing concentration of poverty and goes well beyond the normal scope of the criminology literature into the areas of suburban sprawl, zoning, and growth management. The contention, however, is that public policies in these areas have important implications for understanding the origins of juvenile criminal activity.

Keywords: African-Americans; Hispanic youths; poverty; criminology literature; juvenile criminal activity

Chapter.  14901 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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