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NCJ Number: 91766 Find in a Library
Title: Race and the Apprehension of Inmate Misconduct
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:11  Issue:5  Dated:(1983)  Pages:413-427
Author(s): J Ramirez
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 15
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Race differences in the apprehension of inmate misconduct were examined within a medium security Federal Correctional Institution. Significant race differences were found such that disproportionately more conduct reports (shots) were written on black than white inmates.
Abstract: Explanations of these differences are given. Considering three sets of findings, it was concluded that the probability of racial bias affecting criminal justice decision making will vary according to the status of that decision point on two dimensions: (1) the amount of discretion afforded the decision maker, and (2) the extent to which the decision maker is held accountable for this decision. Therefore, racial bias would be expected to exert its greatest impact upon decision points which allow considerable discretion and which possess minimal accountability. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Corrections decisionmaking; Inmates; Racial discrimination
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