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NCJ Number: 150270 Find in a Library
Title: Opening a Window Into Police Internal Affairs: Impact of Procedural Justice Reform on Third-Party Attitudes
Journal: Social Justice Research  Volume:7  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1994)  Pages:107-127
Author(s): W A Kerstetter; K A Rasinski
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Foundation
Chicago, IL 60611
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1983, the mayor of Minneapolis created an Internal Affairs Unit Review Panel, empowered to review all case files after the police department had completed its investigations and to issue periodic public reports that evaluated the department's handling of citizen complaints.
Abstract: This study evaluates the influence of these innovative procedural justice principles on public confidence in the review of allegations of police misconduct by analyzing data collected in five public opinion surveys conducted between 1983 and 1987. The survey focused on respondents' awareness of the program and three determinants of awareness (perceptions of procedural justice, perceptions of distributive justice, and reactions of minority respondents) and their influence on public attitudes associated with the program. The results show that the program had a positive impact on some respondents' procedural justice perceptions, particularly for minority group members. While skepticism on the part of minority respondents may undermine the procedural justice effect, the results also show that, for minority respondents, improved attitudes with regard to procedural justice were extended to distributive justice judgments. 7 tables and 33 references
Main Term(s): Police internal affairs
Index Term(s): Complaint processing; Complaints against police; Minnesota; Police misconduct; Police-minority relations; Policing innovation; Public Opinion of the Police
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