Investigating the Offending Histories of Undocumented Immigrants

Migration Letters

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Title Investigating the Offending Histories of Undocumented Immigrants
Creator Bersani, Bianca
Fine, Adam D.
Piquero, Alex R.
Steinberg, Laurence
Frick, Paul J.
Cauffman, Elizabeth
Subject Sociology
illegal immigrants, immigrants, offending, arrest, immigration-crime nexus
Description This study investigates the association between undocumented immigration and crime among youthful offenders. Using official record and self-reported offending measures collected across seven-waves of data from the longitudinal Crossroads Study, the prevalence and variety of offending are compared for undocumented immigrant, documented immigrant, and US-born groups during the transition into young adulthood. Results suggest that, as compared to documented immigrants and US-born peers, undocumented immigrants report engaging in less crime prior to and following their first arrest. Conversely, official records reflect a marginally higher level of re-arrest among undocumented immigrants, particularly in the months immediately following the first arrest. This divergence in findings warrants focused consideration to disentangle whether the difference is due to differential involvement in crime, differential treatment in the justice system, or a combination of factors. Additional research is needed to test whether the results found in this study generalize to other immigrant groups and contexts.
Publisher Transnational Press London
Contributor John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
County of Orange
Date 2018-04-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Research Paper
Format application/pdf
Source Migration Letters; Vol 15, No 2 (2018): SI: Immigration and Crime; 147-166
Language eng

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