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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

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Thomas Kim

Reader 2

Vanessa Tyson

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This thesis is an examination of the relationship between the New York Police Department's "Stop, Question, and Frisk" policy and the city's homicide rates. Using a historical analysis of NYC crime data as well as a cross-city comparison of homicide rates across the United States, I determine whether or not there is a consistent, causal relationship between the policy and the city's violent crime rates.

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