Examining Racial Disparities in the Sixth Judicial District of Iowas Probation Revocation Outcomes

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Examining Racial Disparities in the Sixth Judicial District of Iowas Probation Revocation Outcomes

Abstract

The Urban Institute examined racial disparities in the probation revocation rates in Iowas Sixth Judicial District. Black probationers in the study sample were revoked at significantly higher rates than both white and Hispanic probationers. Disparities in revocation outcomes persisted after controlling for available legal and demographic factors. A little over half of the black-white disparity in revocation rates was attributable to group differences in characteristics other than race. This brief situates the study in the context of the SJDs past efforts addressing disparities in probation processes and outcomes and discusses potential future directions in light of the study findings.

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