The Geography of Disparity: A Case Study

John E. Eck, University of Cincinnati
Lin Liu, University of Cincinnati
Lisa Growette Bostaph, Boise State University

This study addresses the ongoing controversy regarding racial disparity in police stops of citizens. Data is comprised of approximately 7,900 traffic and pedestrian stops made by the Cincinnati Police Division during a six-month period in 2001. Additional data in the analysis includes driving population measures from census data. Using statistical analysis, GIS, and traffic modeling software, the study includes measures of overall disparity and the geographic diversity in disparity of traffic and pedestrian stops.

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Updated 05/20/2006