Nationality, immigrant groups, and arrest: Examining the diversity of arrestees for urban violent crime

Amie L. Nielsen, Ramiro Martínez

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Abstract

We seek to help move the criminological literature beyond studying racial dichotomies and crime by assessing individual-level relationships between immigration/race/ ethnicity and violence. We examine whether immigration status predicts likelihood of arrest for robbery relative to aggravated assault, violence types that differ in seriousness, motive, and other ways. Immigrant status is examined relative to the native-born and then is disaggregated by country of origin. Using data from Miami, logistic regression results indicate that net of controls, immigrants overall and almost all groups identified are less likely than natives to be arrested for robbery. Race/ethnic differences are also found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342-360
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

Keywords

  • arrest
  • country of origin
  • crime
  • immigrants
  • violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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