Search and Seizure, Racial Profiling, and Traffic Stops: A Disparate Impact Framework

  title={Search and Seizure, Racial Profiling, and Traffic Stops: A Disparate Impact Framework},
  author={Jenny Pickerill and Clayton James Mosher and Travis C. Pratt},
  journal={Labor: Demographics \& Economics of the Family},
In response to nationwide attention to the issue of racial profiling, numerous law enforcement agencies have reexamined their policies and collected data on the racial demographics of motorists stopped and searched by police. This article advocates a “disparate impact” framework for understanding the relationship between race and searches and seizures. Using data on the Washington State Patrol, analysis indicates that disparities in the proportions of racial minorities searched by the Patrol… 
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