Despite Boston Police’s Efforts, MET Expert Sees Little Change in Racial Disparity

in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, MET News, Shea Cronin
May 8th, 2017

Despite Boston Police’s Efforts, MET Expert Sees Little Change in Racial Disparity

Boston police say they have tried to address the practices that lead to racial minorities being stopped by law enforcement at an outsized rate, but observers have found the evidence lacking.

MET Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin was quoted in an AP News article, “APNewsBreak: Boston police make little progress on race gap.” According to the story, a recent AP review of data on stops, searches, and frisks by police shows little progress in addressing racial disparities in street-level encounters. “My reading of the statistics is that there has not been much change in the racial composition,” Dr. Cronin is quoted as saying.

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