Do perceptions of neighborhood disorganization predict crime or victimization? An examination of gang member versus non-gang member jail inmates

Kathleen Talbot, Jodi Lane, Ronald L. Akers

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Abstract

This study examines the effects of perceptions of social disorganization on crime perpetration and victimization among a sample of incarcerated adult gang and non-gang members. Using survey data from 2,414 jail inmates, results suggest that gang members are significantly more likely than non-gang members to be both perpetrators and victims of property and personal crimes. Results also indicate substantive similarities and differences between gang members and non-gang members with regard to crime, victimization, and perceptions of social disorganization. Inmates' perceptions of the level of social disorganization in their neighborhoods are more strongly related to their reported offending behavior than to their reported victimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)720-729
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Do perceptions of neighborhood disorganization predict crime or victimization? An examination of gang member versus non-gang member jail inmates. / Talbot, Kathleen; Lane, Jodi; Akers, Ronald L.

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