The Environmental Context of Racial Profiling

  title={The Environmental Context of Racial Profiling},
  author={Patricia Y. Warren and Amy Farrell},
  journal={The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={52 - 63}
Racial profiling describes the practice of targeting or stopping an individual based primarily on his or her race rather than any individualized suspicion. Such profiling came under considerable public scrutiny beginning in the 1990s when the media drew substantial attention to racial profiling in traffic stops. This study examines whether the heightened public scrutiny generated by the media as well as legislative and organizational changes that ensued changed police officers' patterns of… 

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