Race and the Decision to Arrest: An Analysis of Warrants Issued

John R. Hepburn

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Both the conflict perspective and the labeling perspective provide a the oretical 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. Con trols 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
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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