Serious Crime in Urban Neighborhoods: Is There a Race Effect?

  title={Serious Crime in Urban Neighborhoods: Is There a Race Effect?},
  author={Edward S. Shihadeh and Wesley Shrum},
  journal={Sociological Spectrum},
  pages={507 - 533}
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