A Resource Guide on Racial Profiling Data Collection Systems: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned

71 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2012 Last revised: 12 Apr 2012

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Deborah A. Ramirez

Northeastern University - School of Law

Amy S. Farrell

Northeastern University

John McDevitt

Northeastern University - College of Social Sciences & Humanities

Date Written: November 1, 2000

Abstract

This guide is a blueprint that police and communities can use to develop data collection systems. It offers practical information about implementing these systems and analyzing the data. The guide is not intended to serve as a comprehensive and thorough inventory of all existing data collection systems. It focuses on providing detailed descriptions of data collection efforts in a few selected sites: San Jose, California, which has designed a simple letter-code system allowing information to be collected verbally (via radio) or by computer; San Diego, California, which utilizes an online data collection system; North Carolina, the first state to collect data on traffic stops pursuant to state legislation; Great Britain, which uses a paper- based system to collect information on both traffic and pedestrian stops and searches; and New Jersey, which is collecting information on traffic- stops pursuant to a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). These sites were first identified by DOJ in preparation for the conference and represent various population sizes and geographic locations.

Keywords: racial profiling, guide, criminal law, data, collection, community, policing, race, ethnicity, law, enforcement

Suggested Citation

Ramirez, Deborah A. and Farrell, Amy S. and McDevitt, John, A Resource Guide on Racial Profiling Data Collection Systems: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned (November 1, 2000). Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2001598 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2001598

Deborah A. Ramirez (Contact Author)

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Amy S. Farrell

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John McDevitt

Northeastern University - College of Social Sciences & Humanities ( email )

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