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Coercive mobility and crime: A preliminary examination of concentrated incarceration and social disorganization *

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This article explores how incarceration affects crime rates at the neighborhood level. Incarceration is analyzed as a form of residential mobility that may damage local network structures and undermine informal control. Geocoded data are combined with census data, data on incarceration convictions and releases, and crime data for Tallahassee, Florida. The results show a positive relationship between the rate of releases one year and the community's crime rates the following year. They also show that low rates of admissions to prison have an uncertain impact on crime rates, moderate rates reduce crime, and higher rates increase crime. Implications for criminal justice policies are discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: City University of New York 2: Women's Prison Association 3: Florida State University

Publication date: 01 March 2003

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