Racial Disparities in Incarceration Increase Acceptance of Punitive Policies

  title={Racial Disparities in Incarceration Increase Acceptance of Punitive Policies},
  author={Rebecca C Hetey and Jennifer L. Eberhardt},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={1949 - 1954}
During the past few decades, punitive crime policies have led to explosive growth in the United States prison population. Such policies have contributed to unprecedented incarceration rates for Blacks in particular. In this article, we consider an unexamined relationship between racial disparities and policy reform. Rather than treating racial disparities as an outcome to be measured, we exposed people to real and extreme racial disparities and observed how this drove their support for harsh… 

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