What is it about?

We first review research documenting the disproportionate criminalization and punishment of people of color. We then present theory and research that helps explain the psychological causes of racial and ethnic disparities in criminal legal outcomes, as well as the effects those disparities have on mental health among people of color. Finally we describe a number of ways that psychologists can work toward reducing the harms that criminal legal systems inflict on people of color.

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Why is it important?

The field of psychology has much to offer to the racial justice movement. Our review of theory and research can be used by psychologists and policy makers to ensure criminal legal systems keep communities safe while achieving justice equitably and with dignity.

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This page is a summary of: A call to dismantle systemic racism in criminal legal systems., Law and Human Behavior, December 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/lhb0000510.
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