Crime, Disorder and Decay in Chicago's Latino Community

Wesley G. Skogan, Lynn Steiner

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This paper utilizes results of citywide surveys to examine trends in Chicago during the 1990s 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-26
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 29 2004


  • Crime
  • Disorder
  • Latino

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Law


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