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Texas State University

eCommons@Texas State University
Applied Research Projects, Texas State
University-San Marcos

Public Administration Program

4-1-2009

An Evaluation of the Impact of Hurricane Katrina
on Crime in New Orleans, Louisiana
Kevin L. Bailey
Texas State University-San Marcos, Dept. of Political Science, Public Administration Program, kevinbailey444@hotmail.com

Recommended Citation
Bailey, Kevin L., "An Evaluation of the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Crime in New Orleans, Louisiana" (2009). Applied Research Projects, Texas State University-San Marcos. Paper 304.
http://ecommons.txstate.edu/arp/304

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An Evaluation of the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Crime in New Orleans, Louisiana
By:
Kevin Bailey

An Applied Research Project
(Political Science 5397)
Submitted to the Department of Political Science
Texas State University – San Marcos
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration
(Spring 2009)

Faculty Approval:

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Dr. Hassan Tajalli

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Dr. Dianne Rahm

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Julia Weathersbee

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Abstract

This Applied Research Project is an explanatory study that evaluates the impact of Hurricane Katrina on crime rates in New Orleans. By analyzing existing data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Census, this research measures crime trends in New Orleans from January 2002 through December 2007. The findings of this research suggest that some types of crime increased after this disaster, while others decreased. In New Orleans, most crime rates increased significantly beginning in January 2006. Additionally, most crime rates appeared to be returning to pre-storm levels by December 2007. Since the reconstruction of New Orleans is projected to last for between 8 and 11 years, this research evaluates crime trends early in the reconstruction of the city.

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About the Author

Kevin L. Bailey was born in Austin, TX in 1979. He attended Texas A&M University in College Station and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 2002. In 2005, Kevin began working for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, a state agency that participates in the mitigation of natural disasters. He hopes that this research will assist New Orleans in its recovery efforts. His permanent email address is kevinbailey444@hotmail.com.

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Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction ...................................................................................................................1 Research Purpose ........................................................................................................................ 3 Chapter Summaries ..................................................................................................................... 3 Chapter 2. Literature Review ..........................................................................................................5 Chapter Purpose .......................................................................................................................... 5 Disasters Foreign and Domestic .................................................................................................. 5 Crime After Disasters ................................................................................................................... 6 What is a Disaster ........................................................................................................................ 7 The Four Stages of a Disaster...
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