TITLE

Racial profiling in decisions to search: a preliminary analysis using propensity-score matching

AUTHOR(S)
Higgins, George E.; Jennings, Wesley G.; Jordan, Kareem L.; Gabbidon, Shaun L.
PUB. DATE
December 2011
SOURCE
International Journal of Police Science & Management;Winter2011, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p336
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The objective of the present study was to understand if racial and/or ethnic backgrounds are causal factors in a police officer's decision to search individuals during traffic stops. Using the Police-Public Contact Survey and propensity-score matching, the study results indicate that Blacks are significantly more likely to be searched than Whites. There were no differences, however, in searches between Hispanics and Whites. These findings suggest that race, but not ethnicity, appears to be a causal factor in a police officer's decision to search. The implications of this finding, along with directions for future research, are also discussed.
ACCESSION #
84757708

 

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