Sociology and Corrections


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Publication Date


Community Partner

American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU-MN)


This study examines if there is racial disparity in policing in the city of Mankato, Minnesota by examining all traffic ticket citations given for a six-month period in 2014. The authors created a data set and examined statistical relationships between the observed race of those receiving tickets and the types of tickets received. This study discovered statistically significant findings of over policing of minorities; while minorities represent roughly ten percent the population in Mankato, they make up approximately 22% of the population cited. Further, minorities were about three times more likely than whites to receive a ticket for administrative offenses, suggesting more efforts are made by police to investigate minorities once pulled over for observable traffic violations.

Instructor's Name

Carol L. Glasser, Ph.D.


Applied Sociology (Soc 493/593)

Document Type

Unpublished Research Paper