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NCJ Number: 186938 Find in a Library
Title: Differential Support for Police Use of Force, the Death Penalty, and Perceived Harshness of the Courts: Effects of Race, Gender, and Region
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:28  Issue:1  Dated:February 2001  Pages:3-23
Author(s): Shaheen Halim; Beverly L. Stiles
Date Published: February 2001
Page Count: 21
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the effects of race, gender, and region on support for police use of force.
Abstract: Logistic regression models were estimated using the 1994 General Social Survey to examine effects of race, gender, and geographical region on support for various criminal justice policies. Dependent variables included support for capital punishment, perceived harshness of courts, and support for police use of force under five conditions of escalating severity. The total sample size was 2,992 (83 percent Caucasian, 13 percent African American, and 4 percent "other", primarily Hispanics and Asians), 43.1 percent male, 56.9 percent female, and approximately 36.6 percent from the region coded as South. African-Americans were less likely to support capital punishment and police use of force than their counterparts, results that were enhanced when re-estimated using only the southern sample. Thus, regional prejudices affected minorities' perceptions of bias in criminal justice policy and practices. Although African Americans were less likely to endorse police use of force in general, the study found situationally specific instances in which African Americans did endorse police use of force. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Attitudes; Black/African Americans; Criminal justice research; Demography; Gender issues; Lawful use of force; Minorities; Police use of deadly force; Police weapons use
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