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What if the Black Officer Was Female? Race and Gender Characteristics in Arrest Practices?
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2016)
  • Jospeter M. Mbuba
Abstract
Although race and gender in police-community relations are some of the most enduring domains of study in criminal justice, research on cross-race and cross-gender factors in arrest practices continues to be scarce and warrants a more vigorous attention. Using a complete count of 136,160 arrests conducted between 2006 and 2013 in a Midwestern city in USA, this study focused on cross-race and cross-gender factors in arrests between the arresting officers and the arrested persons. The study found that overall, officers tend to overarrest members of their own racial groups and, compared to their male counterparts, female officers tend to overarrest racial minorities especially black suspects. Other findings are presented and policy implications discussed.
Publication Date
2016
Citation Information
Jospeter M. Mbuba. "What if the Black Officer Was Female? Race and Gender Characteristics in Arrest Practices?" Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jospetermbuba/77/