Crime, Cops, and Context: Risk and Risk-Management Strategies Among Black and Latino Youth in New York City

Andres F. Rengifo, Morgan Pater, Brenda J. Velazquez

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Abstract

This study documents perceptions of victimization risk and other neighborhood dangers drawing on 43 in-depth interviews with youth residing in high-crime neighborhoods of New York City. More specifically, it relates lived experiences of crime and police encounters to perceptions of local threats and identifies the role of gender, race/ethnicity, and neighborhood in the configuration of these assessments. We also highlight the role of various analytical frames employed by youth as sensemaking devices to map risks and chart risk-mitigation strategies. Our findings indicate that many interview participants see the police more as a distinct environmental risk rather than a resource for risk mitigation or coping, with specific domains of risk and risk responses varying in terms of demographics, networks, and frames of interpretation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)452-471
Number of pages20
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law

Keywords

  • police encounters
  • police–community relations
  • race and ethnicity
  • risk and fear of crime

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