Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Criminal Justice


Deborah Koetzle

Committee Members

Eric Piza

Preeti Chauhan

Michael Rempel

Subject Categories

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Criminology, Social Ecology, Neighborhood, Risk, Policing, Concentrated Disadvantage, Actuarial, Recidivism


The last decade has witnessed unprecedented efforts to reform the criminal justice system and stem the tide of mass incarceration in the United States. Persistently high rates of recidivism among justice-system involved individuals, however, present a significant obstacle to the success of these efforts. Thirty years of research in the fields of social psychology and criminology has produced a shared understanding of the individual characteristics that drive recidivism, but less is known regarding the influence of social environment. This research makes several unique contributions to a growing body of scholarship examining recidivism in the context of neighborhood, including being one of the first studies to isolate the effect of neighborhood-based police enforcement tactics. Using hierarchical linear modeling, the present study separately examines the effects of neighborhood policing and concentrated disadvantage on individual recidivism, while controlling for a robust model of individual risk. Findings confirm the importance of individual risk factors for predicting recidivism, but also suggest that neighborhood factors play a role in shaping individual risk. Policy implications are discussed.