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A Case Study on Racial Profiling

A Case Study on Racial Profiling

(p.195) Chapter Seven A Case Study on Racial Profiling
Against Prediction
University of Chicago Press

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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