Date of Award

Fall 12-2017

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Management and International Business

First Advisor

Jacob W. Breland

Advisor Department

Management and International Business


Currently, there is an outcry to Mississippi legislators from law enforcement professionals and citizens to address the spike in violent crime levels observed since 2015. The Great Recession of 2008 reduced community policing programs in the United States, resulting in fewer police officers patrolling the residential communities and minor criminal offenses going unreported. This effect has been especially prevalent in the “South Region” of the United States. In 2014, this region reported the largest increase of all regions at 1.9%. Because the public act on their perceptions and legislators react to strong public opinion by creating or changing policies, one potential avenue for understanding and addressing this issue is through the analysis of public opinion. Using a qualitative method, 11 residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast were interviewed regarding their views on the increase of violent crimes in the region. Results were categorized and implications discussed.

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Criminology Commons