Racialization of Serious Crime Arrestees: Who Does It and Does It Predict Worry about Victimization in Minority Neighborhoods?

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Abstract

Using data from two statewide surveys conducted in 2018 and 2020, this study explores the characteristics of adults who racialize serious crime arrestees and examines if racialization influences worry of victimization in minority neighborhoods. Results show a significant increase in perceptions of Whites as the largest portion of arrestees, suggesting a reduction in racialization. Those who do racialize serious crime arrestees were significantly more likely to express worry of victimization in predominantly Black or Hispanic neighborhoods. Our findings suggest the public lacks accurate information about arrests for serious crimes which may perpetuate stereotypes about minorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1357-1377
Number of pages21
JournalJustice Quarterly
Volume39
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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