It is prisons Friday and I decided a look at pretrial detention might be in order. Surprise, surprise, surprise...it seems that like pretty much everything else in the US of A, race seems to play a role. A large body of research finds that Black, Native Americans, and Latino defendants are much more likely to be detained prior to trial then are white defendants, and that legal factors do not account for the disparity.
Testing for Racial Discrimination in Bail Setting Using Nonparametric Estimation of a Parametric Model
Jonah B. Gelbach
Yale Law School; Yale University - Department of Economics Program in Applied Economics and Policy
Shawn D. Bushway
University at Albany
August 20, 2011