Documenting Racial Disparities in Police Force


In the shadow of the tragedies of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and law enforcement officers in Dallas, the National Justice Database released two major reports in collaboration with the Urban Institute and supported in part by the Open Society Foundations. OSF discusses these reports and race and policing in the country in their post here.

The first report, The Science of Justice: City Report, provides data analysis and recommendations based on the stop, force, policy, and climate survey data furnished by multiple departments around the country, summarizes indicators and potential causes of racial disparities, and compares a sample city’s department to others participating in the NJD. The second report, a comparative study entitled The Science of Justice: Race, Arrests, and Police Use of Force, examines use of force across 12 departments participating in the NJD, benchmarking on arrest rates in order to provide a conservative test of racial bias in police use of force.