Racial Profiling

In 2 Reforming Criminal Justice: Policing 117 (Erik Luna ed., 2017)

U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-30

37 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2017

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David A. Harris

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Date Written: December 11, 2017

Abstract

This chapter [in the multi-volume Reforming Criminal Justice project] will explore the topic of racial profiling by police. First, the chapter defines the term racial profiling for purposes of the discussion. Next, the chapter describes the points at which racial profiling arises in law enforcement, and the legal tools and incentives that drive it. It then describes the harm that racial profiling does to people, and to the criminal justice system as a whole. The chapter explores the cost to public safety that racial profiling entails, and closes with five concrete suggestions for combatting this long-term problem.

Keywords: racial profiling, profiling, race, police, law enforcement, public safety, community policing, policy, data, data collection, police behavior, crime, crime control, traffic stops, Whren v. U.S.

Suggested Citation

Harris, David A., Racial Profiling (December 11, 2017). In 2 Reforming Criminal Justice: Policing 117 (Erik Luna ed., 2017), U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-30, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3086232

David A. Harris (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law ( email )

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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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