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“Justice by Geography”

Timothy M. Bary, Lisa L. Sample and Kimberly Kempf-Leonard

in Our Children, Their Children

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226319889
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226319919 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226319919.003.0009
“Justice by Geography”

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Several years ago Abraham Blumberg commented that efforts to understand disparities in case processing and court decisions had focused too narrowly on race, ethnicity, and social class. To better understand racial disparity, therefore, it is important to understand what it is about cross-court differences that give rise to that disparity. This chapter examines prior research on cross-court variation to determine how best to proceed with the investigation of justice by geography as it may relate to racial disparities. Most past inquiries have attempted ad hoc theorizing to speculate about statistically significant findings associated with an “urban/rural” variable. In addition, no research on this topic has addressed concerns about the need to pursue multilevel data, although any differential treatment by race would occur within the court environment.

Keywords: Abraham Blumberg; race; ethnicity; social class; racial disparity

Chapter.  10836 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Family Law

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