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Explaining the Great Racial Divide: Perceptions of Fairness in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

Hurwitz, Jon ; Peffley, Mark

Journal of Politics, August 2005, Vol.67(3), pp.762-783 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Explaining the Great Racial Divide: Perceptions of Fairness in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
  • Author: Hurwitz, Jon ; Peffley, Mark
  • Description: We examine the huge racial divide in citizens’ general beliefs about the fairness of the criminal justice system, focusing on the political of these beliefs for shaping diverging interpretations of police behavior. Predictably, most blacks believe the system to be unfair and most whites believe the opposite. More importantly, these beliefs influence the of events quite differently. African Americans who view the system as unfair are much more suspicious of the police in confrontations with black civilians. Fairness for whites, however, has fewer racial connotations; they naively interpret the confrontations disregarding civilian race. Still, whites holding antiblack stereotypes are much more sympathetic to the police in their confrontations with black civilians.
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Politics, August 2005, Vol.67(3), pp.762-783
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0022-3816 ; E-ISSN: 1468-2508 ; DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2508.2005.00338.x
  • Subjects: Racial Differences ; Criminal Justice ; Equity ; Police ; Politics and Law; Politics and Law ; Article

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