Legal Cynicism , Collective Efficacy , and the Ecology of Arrest

  title={Legal Cynicism , Collective Efficacy , and the Ecology of Arrest},
  author={David S. Kirk and Mauri Matsuda},
Ethnographic evidence reveals that many crimes in poor minority neighborhoods evade criminal justice sanctioning, thus leading to a negative association between the proportion of minority residents in a neighborhood and the arrest rate. To explain this finding, we extend recent theoretical explications of the concept of legal cynicism. Legal cynicism refers to a cultural orientation in which the law and the agents of its enforcement are viewed as illegitimate, unresponsive, and ill equipped to… CONTINUE READING

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