Discrimination and Law Enforcement

The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Discrimination (Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, ed., New-York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 324-334, Forthcoming.

19 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2017

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Re'em Segev

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 8, 2017

Abstract

This chapter considers the moral status of discrimination in law enforcement. The answer to the question what amounts to wrongful discrimination in this context depends on the answer to the question what is the moral status of discrimination in general. Yet the focus in this chapter is on aspects that are especially salient in the context of law enforcement – mainly the moral status of rational discrimination and especially statistical discrimination, for example racial profiling, assuming that it is based on sound statistical information.

The main claims are that there are often both (pro-tanto) reasons for and (pro-tanto) reasons against statistical discrimination (also) in the context of law enforcement: its contribution to the prevention of (harmful) wrongdoing, on the one hand, and its negative effects of those who are subjected to discrimination, on the other hand. The answer to the question which reasons are decisive depends on the specific context.

Keywords: Discrimination, Statistical Discrimination, Racial Profiling, Law Enforcement

Suggested Citation

Segev, Re'em, Discrimination and Law Enforcement (October 8, 2017). The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Discrimination (Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, ed., New-York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 324-334, Forthcoming.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3049493

Re'em Segev (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905
Israel

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