Tag: Marcus Felson

New research indicates major effect COVID-19 has had on crime

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the United States in unprecedented ways, including significant declines in the crime rate. New research, conducted in part by Marcus Felson, professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University, indicates that data may afford researchers the opportunity to reexamine crime theory, because government stay-at-home orders produced a natural experiment. In addition, re-opening bars and nightclubs produces a second experiment.