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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Article Spotlight: Politics and State Punitiveness in Black and White

UGA Political Scientist Jeff yates and UKY Political Scientist Richard Fording have published "Politics and State Punitiveness in Black and White", forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, 2005
Tha abstract states: 

Recent findings from the literature on imprisonment policy suggest that in addition to traditional social and economic variables, imprisonment rates are also strongly related to changes in the state political environment. In this study, we extend this literature by testing a theory of state punitiveness which posits that (1) the political environment of states influences the degree to which they incarcerate their citizens, and (2) the political determinants of state punitiveness may be conditional upon the racial sub-population being incarcerated. Our results suggest that increases in state political conservatism in recent decades have contributed to increases in both the growth in black imprisonment rates and black imprisonment disparity (relative to whites), but that these effects are, to a degree, tempered by countervailing political conditions.

The paper is available from Professor Yates at [Jack Chin]

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