A review of the research literature on racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system yields mixed conclusions. Little attention has been devoted to decision making related to nationality and ethnicity in the criminal justice system in Israel. The study examines the effect of legal and extralegal variables on prison sentencing among Jews and Arabs, based on one 1989 data set. The probability of an Arab being sentenced to prison increases with the offender's level of dangerousness. A different effect, however, is shown for property offenses than for violent offenses.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine