Education and the interface between racial perceptions and criminal justice attitudes

Christopher M Federico, Justin W. Holmes

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Recent work has implicated negative attitudes toward blacks in support for toughened criminal-justice measures. This suggests that the issue of crime may be implicitly "racialized," despite a lack of overt racial content. The present study examines the hypothesis that education may weaken the relationship between negative racial perceptions and crime-related policy attitudes. In contrast to traditional views about the role of education in the domain of race-related attitudes, the results of analyses using several different general-population samples suggest that the effects of education are somewhat paradoxical: they reduce the intensity of negative racial perceptions, while bolstering the relationship between these perceptions and criminal justice attitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-75
Number of pages29
JournalPolitical Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2005


  • Crime
  • Education
  • Race


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