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date: 22 July 2019

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An extensive body of research examines the question of whether public opinions about crime and control have become racialized. Opinions are racialized when there are significant differences between African Americans and whites in their attitudes. Opinions are also racialized when racial prejudices and animosities are a principal reason why dominant group members strongly support punitive crime control policies. The literatures considers racialization of public opinions about crime control policies, the theoretical framework for the racialization of crime control thesis, how core concepts might be measured, whether attitudes are racially polarized, and whether racial animosities are related to opinions about crime control policies.

Keywords: public opinion, race, racism, punitiveness, crime control, racialization

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