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September 4, 2017

"The Racial Politics of Mass Incarceration"

The title of this post is the title of this notable paper authored by John Clegg and Adaner Usmani recently posted to SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

Dominant accounts of America's punitive turn assume that black elected officials and their constituents resisted higher levels of imprisonment and policing.  We gather new data and find little support for this view.  Panel regressions and an analysis of federally-mandated redistricting suggest that black elected officials had a punitive impact on imprisonment and policing.  We corroborate this with public opinion and legislative data. Pooling 300,000 respondents to polls between 1955 and 2014, we find that blacks became substantially more punitive over this period, and were consistently more fearful of crime than whites.

The punitive impact of black elected officials at the state and federal level was concentrated at the height of public punitiveness.  In short, the racial politics of punishment are more complex than the conventional view allows.  We find evidence that black elected officials and the black public were more likely than whites to support non-punitive policies, but conclude that they were constrained by the context in which they sought remedies from crime.

September 4, 2017 at 10:54 AM | Permalink


There is not enough punishment. The evidence? 15 million common law crimes, 15 million internet crimes. The coddling of criminals is ridiculous in this country. The biggest losers? Black crime victims. They should get together, hunt, and beat the asses of the lawyers protecting, privileging, and empowering the criminals. There will be no persuasion than can overcome their rent seeking. Only an ass kicking can remedy their betrayal.

Posted by: David Behar | Sep 4, 2017 11:19:54 AM

A nation of criminals ????? Bah ...

Posted by: Claudio Giusti | Sep 5, 2017 3:29:37 PM

Cher offers her home to violators of immigration laws.


Posted by: David Behar | Sep 6, 2017 12:44:17 AM

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