Policing and Immigration
“Crime, Disorder and Decay in Chicago’s Latino Community.” 2004.
Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 2 (No. 1–2), 7–26. (with Lynn
This paper utilizes the results of citywide surveys to examine trends in Chicago
during the 1990 in the extent of crime, social disorder and physical decay.
These trends depict a tale of three cities, for trends in neighborhood problems
differed dramatically for Whites, Blacks and Latinos. All fared differently, and
no group was "average." By the beginning of the new century, Whites saw
some improvement in neighborhood conditions, and Blacks experienced major
improvements, but conditions for Latinos actually worsened. Analysis
indicates that a combination of language and geographical concentration were
among the factors associated with worsening conditions. The paper
concludes with the recommendation that the city, the police department, and
the community itself redouble their efforts to address the problems facing
Latinos in Chicago.