Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

William Sousa

Second Committee Member

Tamara Madensen

Third Committee Member

Emily Troshynski

Fourth Committee Member

Jaewon Lim

Number of Pages



Crime in the United States has steadily been decreasing since the 1990s. Social disorganization theory states that breakdowns of social institutions were the root causes of juvenile delinquency. Using exogenous variables of poverty, residential mobility, and ethnic heterogeneity, this study aims to investigate the impacts and magnitude of these variables on violent and property crime committed in the United States for adults and for juveniles. By comparing adult crime rates to juvenile delinquency rates, these findings will guide policy makers to develop effective policy tools that will provide a safer environment for the community. Using annual crime datasets, this thesis looks at decennial years 1990, 2000, and 2010 in the United States at the county level. Identified spatial effects through exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) are used to test on their temporal stability. A set of spatial regression models was developed to estimate the impacts of socioeconomic factors and spatial neighborhood effects on adult crimes and juvenile delinquency rates. Results from this study show crime concentrations and spatial shifts over time and where the greatest concentrations of crime were.


Crime; Crime analysis; Offenses against property; Spatial analysis (Statistics); Violent crimes


Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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