Hurricane Katrina and Crime Cause and Effect Essay by supercalifragilistic

Hurricane Katrina and Crime
An analysis of the rise in crime rates following Hurricane Katrina.
# 96442 | 1,513 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Jul 08, 2007 in Sociology (General) , Criminology (General)

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Hurricane Katrina was the worst natural disaster in American History. Although the storm itself was a destructive force, the social and political issues that arose in its wake are likely to go down in history as even more destructive. One of the most discussed social issues has to do with the increased crime rates that have occurred in cities that absorbed large numbers of Hurricane Katrina evacuees. The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of citizen displacement on cities such as Houston and San Antonio, Texas. In particular it focuses on the rising crime rate in Houston and the theory that may explain why there has been such a significant increase in the amount of crime in the area.

Crime Increases in Houston, Texas Following Hurricane Katrina
Social Disorganization Theory

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bursik, R.J., Jr., and Grasmick, H.G. 1993. Neighborhoods and Crime: The Dimensions of Effective Community Control. New York, NY: Lexington Books.
  • Houston Cops Link Crime To Katrina. August 16, 2006. CBS News. Retrieved December 5, 2006 from:
  • Moreno S., 2006. Monday, February 6, 2006After Welcoming Evacuees, Houston Handles Spike in Crime. Washington Post. Page A03
  • Warner, B.D., and Pierce, G.L. 1993. Reexamining social disorganization theory using calls to the police as a measure of crime. Criminology 31(4):493-517.
  • Social Disorganization and Rural Communities. National Criminal Justice Reference. Service Retrieved December 5, 2006 from:

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