Perceptions of the criminal justice system by minority and majority group university students: The role of ethnic identity

Cynthia Willis Esqueda, Madeline J. Schlosser, Rosa Hazel Delgado, David Orozco Garcia

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Minorities are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, and prior research has indicated ethnic minorities and Whites have different opinions of and different experiences within the system. While differences have been shown, the influence of ethnic identity on perceptions of the legal system has been overlooked. The purpose of the present research was to determine if there were differences in perceptions of the legal system by ethnic identity levels for ethnic minorities and Whites. Results indicated differences do exist and ethnic identity is a crucial issue in understanding resonance with the legal system. Future directions for incorporating ethnic identity in research on the criminal justice system are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2019



  • Ethnicity
  • minorities
  • police-community relations
  • race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Law

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