Business Cycles and Racial Disparities in Punishment

Contemporary Policy Issues, Vol. 5, No. 4, p. 46, 1987

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Samuel Myers

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

William Sabol

Independent

Date Written: 1987

Abstract

Deeply rooted historical patterns allow us to make a corre­lation between imprisonment and unemployment and the mar­ginalization of blacks. This paper examines the interrelationships among criminal activity, punishment, and cycles of the economic system based on the influence of political and economic forces on forming penal policies. The penal system is viewed as a device by which labor market fluctuations can be regulated. We examine differences between blacks and whites and between the North and the South to arrive at this paper's thesis: that race provides the link among economic cycles, employment, and crime.

Keywords: business cycles, racial disparities, punishment

Suggested Citation

Myers, Samuel and Sabol, William, Business Cycles and Racial Disparities in Punishment (1987). Contemporary Policy Issues, Vol. 5, No. 4, p. 46, 1987. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2365426

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