Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Racial profiling remains the subject of controversy when discussing police and minority relationships. Recently, scholars have studied this controversial issue in an attempt to determine the characteristics and extent of the problem. Although researchers have suggested possible reasons for racial disparities in traffic stop data, more information is needed to develop a more in-depth understanding of these disparities. The study presented here analyzes traffic stop data from Las Vegas during the 2002 calendar year. The study analyzes key driver characteristics and whether these characteristics influence the officer's search or arrest of the driver. The study uses univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses. The study finds limited support for the differential enforcement theory, although variables not available to the analyses may mitigate this result. Policy implications of the research findings are discussed.
Data; Las Vegas; Nevada; Police; Profiling; Racial; Reexamination; Stop; Vegas
Criminology; Ethnology--Study and teaching
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Doran, Daniel Eric, "Racial profiling in Las Vegas: A reexamination of police stop data in Las Vegas" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2100.