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A Case Study on Racial Profiling

A Case Study on Racial Profiling

Chapter:
(p.195) Chapter Seven A Case Study on Racial Profiling
Source:
Against Prediction
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226315997.003.0008

In the actuarial field, the case of racial profiling on the highways has received perhaps the most attention from social scientists, legal scholars, and public policymakers. As a result, it is the subfield with the most abundant empirical data and economic models. This chapter asks: Does racial profiling on the roads reduce the overall incidence of drug possession and drug trafficking on the nation's highways? Does it produce a ratchet effect on the profiled population? And does it distort our shared conceptions of just punishment?

Keywords:   actuarial methods, racial profiling, criminal profiling, drug possession, drug trafficking, highways, ratchet effect, just punishment

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