Sierra-Arévalo Publishes Legal Cynicism and Firearm Ownership

Department News
September 23, 2016

Graduate Student Michael Sierra-Arévalo recently published an article in the journal Cogent Social Sciences detailing gun ownership among residents of marginalized urban communities. The Article entitled “Legal Cynicism and Protective Gun Ownership Among Active Offenders in Chicago,” shows how owning a firearm for protection is related to lower levels of police legitimacy. The author also explores ways to reduce the incentives for extralegal firearm ownership, specifically through community policing and procedural justice. Sierra-Arévalo is an affiliate fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), and a graduate student affiliate of the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE).