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Seattle University School of Law

2012

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Preliminary Report On Race And Washington’S Criminal Justice System, Robert S. Chang Jan 2012

Preliminary Report On Race And Washington’S Criminal Justice System, Robert S. Chang

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For this Report, the Research Working Group reviewed evidence on disproportionality in Washington’s criminal justice system and considered whether crime commission rates accounted for this disproportionality. They found that crime commission rates by race and ethnicity are largely unknown and perhaps unknowable, but that some researchers simply take arrest rates as good proxies for underlying commission rates for all crimes. They found that use of arrest rates likely overstates black crime commission rates for several reasons. But even if arrest rates are used as a proxy for underlying crime commission rates, the extent of racial disproportionality is not explained ...