Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $71,279)
The State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program is designed to maintain and enhance each state's capacity to address criminal justice issues through collection and analysis of data. The SJS Program provides support to each state to coordinate and conduct statistical activities within the state, conduct research to estimate impacts of legislative and policy changes, and serve as a liaison in assisting BJS to gather data from respondent agencies within their states.
The Nevada Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), located within the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), will use SJS funds to complete comprehensive research on the impact of foreclosures on Nevada neighborhoods. This project is supported by the Governor as a priority focus for the current administration. Specifically, the study will use U.S. Census Bureau data, crime data from multiple police departments, and RealtyTrac statistics to examine the relationship between foreclosures and crime in the greater Las Vegas area between years 2006 and 2009.
The study will aim to address the following research areas: 1.The degree to which foreclosures have influenced crime in Nevada; 2.The types of criminal opportunities afforded by high concentrations of foreclosed properties; 3.The types of neighborhoods mostly likely to experience crime increases due to foreclosures; and 4. The development of policy recommendations and strategies to reduce the negative impact of foreclosures on Nevada neighborhoods.