Do Race and Ethnicity Matter? An Examination of Racial/Ethnic Differences in Perceptions of Procedural Justice and Recidivism Among Problem-Solving Court Clients

Cassandra A. Atkin-Plunk, Jennifer H. Peck, Gaylene S. Armstrong

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Over the years, a distinct body of research has emerged that examines procedural justice in problem-solving courts. However, there is virtually no research to date on racial and ethnic differences in perceptions of procedural justice among problem-solving court clients. The present study seeks to understand the complexities of judicial procedural justice and race/ethnicity within problem-solving courts. Using a convenience sample of 132 clients from two problem-solving courts in a southern state, this study addresses a void in the literature by examining the influence of race/ethnicity on perceptions of procedural justice as well as the impact of race/ethnicity and procedural justice on clients’ likelihood of recidivism. Results suggest that Black problem-solving court clients’ have significantly lower perceptions of procedural justice, while also having a lower likelihood of recidivism. Perceptions of procedural justice did not influence recidivism outcomes. Policy implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-179
Number of pages29
JournalRace and Justice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019



  • ethnicity
  • problem-solving courts
  • procedural justice
  • race
  • recidivism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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