Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Sentencing Disparities, Native Americans
Research examining the differential or discriminatory application of the law in the United States has typically neglected the position of Native Americans. The majority of studies examining race and disparities in adjudication outcomes have concentrated exclusively on the legal treatment of African Americans. Other minority groups are often either ignored or clustered together under a general heading. Research explicitly looking into the criminal justice processing of Native Americans remains sparse. This omission in the research literature is of concern, given that Native Americans are overrepresented in both the judicial and correctional systems relative to their numbers in the general population. Coupled with the fact that Native Americans are one of the most oppressed minority groups in the American society and are subject to racist and degrading stereotypes, this lack of research attention clearly highlights the need to more thoroughly explore legal treatment of this group. The entry examines the results ...