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Do Members of Racial Minority Groups Have an Affinity With Serious Crime? An Empirical Analysis
Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice (2009)
  • Jospeter M. Mbuba
Abstract

The overrepresentation of Blacks and Latinos in the arrest statistics is no longer a new finding but whether this trend is due to selective law enforcement or differential involvement in crime needs a more forceful and empirically grounded attention than has so far been proffered. Using data from a large mid-western police department, the total count of 11,293 arrests conducted from January through December 2005 were examined. A higher arrest rate was affirmed for Blacks and Latinos. In addition, the data provided considerable support for existence of zeal in discretional arrest for Blacks and Latinos but only a remote possibility of differential involvement in criminal behavior for the two racial minority groups.

Keywords
  • Race,
  • Racial minorities,
  • Latinos,
  • Blacks,
  • Arrest,
  • Law enforcement,
  • mbuba
Publication Date
January 1, 2009
Citation Information
Jospeter M. Mbuba. "Do Members of Racial Minority Groups Have an Affinity With Serious Crime? An Empirical Analysis" Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice Vol. 7 Iss. 2 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jospetermbuba/1/