Trends in Punishment: Racial Disparities, Imprisonment, and the Context of Time

Christine E.W. Bond, University of Washington
Scott Desmond, University of Washington
Travis Anderson-Bond, University of Washington
George Bridges, University of Washington

Context is generally conceived in terms of community or other structural characteristics. However, another aspect of the macrosocial context is time. This paper focuses on how time conditions racial disparities in imprisonment. Using 10 years of juvenile justice decisions for 39 counties in Washington State, this study explores the ways in which changes in communities and courts have influenced racial differences in the decision to imprison.

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