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NCJ Number: 230275 Find in a Library
Title: Procedural Justice and Order Maintenance Policing: A Study of Inner-City Young Men's Perceptions of Police Legitimacy
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:27  Issue:2  Dated:April 2010  Pages:255-279
Author(s): Jacinta M. Gau; Rod K. Brunson
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 25
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To better understand the intersection of procedural justice and aggressive order maintenance policing, this study examined young inner-city men's perceptions of police legitimacy.
Abstract: There is tension between the core tenets of procedural justice and those of order maintenance policing. Research has shown that citizens' perceptions of procedural justice influence their beliefs about police legitimacy, yet at the same time, some order maintenance policing efforts stress frequent stops of vehicles and persons for suspected disorderly behavior. These types of programs can threaten citizens' perceptions of police legitimacy because the targeted offenses are minor and are often not well-defined. Citizens stopped for low-level offenses may view such stops as a form of harassment, as they may not believe they were doing anything to warrant police scrutiny. This paper examines young men's self-described experiences with this style of proactive policing. Study findings highlight that order maintenance policing strategies have negative implications for police legitimacy and crime control efforts via their potential to damage citizens' views of procedural justice. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of the Police
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Criminal justice system analysis; Perception; Police effectiveness; Police-citizen interactions; Public Attitudes/Opinion
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