Equity and Discretionary Justice: The Influence of Race on Police Arrest Decisions

@article{Smith1984EquityAD,
  title={Equity and Discretionary Justice: The Influence of Race on Police Arrest Decisions},
  author={Douglas A. Smith and Christy A. Visher and Laura A. Davidson},
  journal={Journal of Criminal Law \& Criminology},
  year={1984},
  volume={75},
  pages={234}
}
This paper examines the degree to which race influences police arrest decisions. Two types of possible racial bias are examined. The first, most often addressed in previous research, is suspect-directed and examines whether blacks are more likely to be arrested than whites. The second type of police bias is victim-directed and examines whether police are equally responsive to black and white victims of crime. We found little evidence of suspect-directed racial bias. Our analysis does indicate… 

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