We would like to thank John MacDonald, Greg Ridgeway, and three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this manuscript. We would also like to thank the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Countrywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee for their support of and assistance with the parent study that produced the data for this manuscript.
ARE DEPORTABLE ALIENS A UNIQUE THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY? COMPARING THE RECIDIVISM OF DEPORTABLE AND NONDEPORTABLE ALIENS*
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2008 by the American Society of Criminology
Criminology & Public Policy
Volume 7, Issue 1, pages 59–82, February 2008
How to Cite
HICKMAN, L. J. and SUTTORP, M. J. (2008), ARE DEPORTABLE ALIENS A UNIQUE THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY? COMPARING THE RECIDIVISM OF DEPORTABLE AND NONDEPORTABLE ALIENS. Criminology & Public Policy, 7: 59–82. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9133.2008.00491.x
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- deportable alien;
- illegal alien;
The study compared the recidivism of 517 deportable and 780 nondeportable aliens released from the Los Angeles County Jail over a 30-day period in 2002. The results of our analyses revealed no difference in the rearrest rate of deportable and nondeportable aliens in terms of its occurrence, frequency, or timing.
The results lend no support to the ubiquitous assertion that deportable aliens are a unique threat to public safety. These findings undermine one common justification offered for the current crackdown on deport-able aliens within the country. More research is needed to determine whether these results can be replicated generally and with subtypes of deportable aliens.