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Database of Structural Racism-Related U.S. State Laws, 2010-2013


Our database provides detailed information on 843 U.S. state laws that are shaped by and also reinforce structural racism across 10 legal domains (voting rights, stand-your-ground laws, racial profiling laws, mandatory minimum prison sentencing laws, immigrant protections, fair-housing laws, minimum-wage laws, predatory lending laws, laws con-cerning punishment in schools, and stop-and-identify laws) in all 50 states and the District of Columbia from 2010 through 2013. The goal of our database is to provide public health researchers, social scientists, policymakers, advocates, health department officials, and community members with rigorous evidence to assess the nature and extent of structural racism-related laws within and across U.S. states and D.C. and evaluate and address their effect on racial/ethnic health inequities in the U.S. Please note that these data cannot be used to directly measure structural racism, which is a multidimensional and multilevel construct and process that refers to "the totality of ways in which societies foster racial discrimination through mutually reinforcing systems of housing, education, employment, earnings, benefits, credit, media, health care, and criminal justice" (Bailey et al., 2017). To request access to this database please complete the attached Data Use Agreement (DUA) and submit to
This database was supported by a Harvard Catalyst pilot grant.

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Agénor, Madina, Austin, S. Bryn, Perkins, Carly, et al., "Database of Structural Racism-Related U.S. State Laws, 2010-2013" (2020). Brown University Open Data Collection. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



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