Richard Rosenfeld -- The Other Ferguson Effect: Crime and Police Legitimacy in US Cities

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 12:00pm

McNeil 395, 3718 Locust Walk

Richard Rosenfeld is the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.  He has published widely on crime trends, crime statistics, and criminal justice policy.  Dr. Rosenfeld is a Fellow and former President of the American Society of Criminology.  He currently serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice.


The extent and causes of the US homicide rise since 2015 have been hotly debated.  This presentation documents the homicide increase and directs attention to the cities where it has been heavily concentrated.  Several explanations of the homicide rise are discussed, including the so-called Ferguson Effect that some commentators argue has led the police to curtail enforcement.  An alternative to this version of the Ferguson effect is considered that focuses on a police legitimacy crisis in communities where homicides have increased.