Race and the decision to arrest: an analysis of warrants issued

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Both the conflict perspective and the labeling perspective provide a theoretical base for the hypothesis that nonwhites are more likely than whites to be arrested on less than sufficient evidence. All 1974 adult arrests (N = 28, 235) in a large midwestern city are analyzed to assess the relationship between race and the subsequent issuance of a warrant by the prosecutor's office. Controls for type of offense, age, sex, and racial composition of neighborhood are introduced, yet nonwhites continue to have a larger proportion of arrests which are not upheld by the issuance of a warrant. These results are discussed in terms of the conflict and labeling perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-73
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Volume15
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

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Race and the decision to arrest : an analysis of warrants issued. / Hepburn, John.

In: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1978, p. 54-73.

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