This Article identifies and estimates the ecological dynamics of increasing spatial and social concentration of incarcerated individuals in urban neighborhoods using data from New York City between 1985 and 1997. It argues that this dynamic becomes self-sustaining and reinforcing over time. In conclusion, the Article discusses how high incarceration rates impact the relationships between citizens and the law, directly affecting residents and influencing policy preferences of non-residents.
Jeffrey Fagan, Valerie West, and Jan Holland,
Reciprocal Effects of Crime and Incarceration in New York City Neighborhoods,
30 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1551
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