Procedural Justice and Compliance with the Law

We are exploiting survey data, official records, and observational data collected as part of the study of procedural justice and legitimacy in Schenectady and Syracuse. We interviewed 3,603 people who had contact with one of the two police departments, including 726 people who had been arrested, 182 people who people who had been stopped by police, and 2,695 people who had called for service, providing measures of citizens’ subjective experiences.  We also “observed” a subset of the encounters in Schenectady using audio and video recordings, such that we have independent measures of officers’ behaviors.  Post-contact arrests will be examined for evidence of the prevalence and frequency of offending among the respondents.