Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership and Brookings Mountain West) recently was selected to present her summer internship research on "The Nexus Between Population and Criminal Arrests in Clark County, Nevada, by Jurisdiction 2006-2016" at the Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium, which took place earlier this month. Carmen's research summarizes arrest trends from 2006 to 2016 — before, during, and after the Great Recession — to examine the implications of static versus changing arrest rates. The present research draws from multiple government databases to gauge the nexus of population and criminal arrests in Nevada’s most populous metro; first by measuring the aggregate level of arrests and then by narrowing the scope to violent crime, property crime, and drug crime. Despite a record-setting influx of residents across the Las Vegas Valley and the surrounding metro area, criminal arrests in Clark County are on a downward trend.
She is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in urban studies through the School of Public Policy and Leadership as well as minors in economics, criminal justice, and Brookings public policy. She was a summer intern with Brookings Mountain West.