Racial profiling and the police: utilizing the Census Transportation Planning Package to benchmark traffic stops made by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol

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dc.contributor.advisor Scott, Jason - Chair en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Porter, Judy en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Winebrake, James en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Foltz, Franz en_US
dc.contributor.author Herb, Michael R. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-01-17T20:49:22Z en_US
dc.date.available 2008-01-17T20:49:22Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2007-11 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/5511 en_US
dc.description.abstract Racial profiling, or the practice of using race, ethnicity, or other racially based characteristics to decide when to stop, cite, or search drivers, has been studied and analyzed by researchers for decades. Attempts have been made to gain an understanding of why officers commit acts of racial profiling and to identify different evaluation methods that allow for accurate analysis of racial profiling data. This study attempts to create a new method of evaluation by utilizing the Census Transportation Planning Package (CTPP) as a benchmark for racial profiling data. Variables from the CTPP are used to create estimates of the transient travel population, or driving population. Using traffic stop data from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP), analyses are conducted to evaluate whether the CTPP can be utilized to accurately benchmark traffic stop data. An assessment is also conducted to determine whether there is any evidence of racial profiling by the NCSHP. The results of this research show not only that the CTPP can be utilized to efficiently and accurately benchmark traffic stop data, but also that the prior method of utilizing basic Census statistics severely underestimates racial profiling. Evidence is also produced to show that several counties in North Carolina were subject to racial profiling by the NCSHP. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Census transportation planning package en_US
dc.subject North Carolina State Highway Patrol en_US
dc.subject Racial profiling en_US
dc.subject Traffic stops en_US
dc.subject Vehicle searches en_US
dc.subject.lcc HV7936.R3 H47 2007
dc.subject.lcsh Racial profiling in law enforcement--North Carolina--Case studies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Transportation--United States--Statistics en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Commuters--United States--Statistics en_US
dc.title Racial profiling and the police: utilizing the Census Transportation Planning Package to benchmark traffic stops made by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college College of Liberal Arts en_US
dc.description.department Department of Science, Technology and Public Policy en_US

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