Center on Race and Social Problems

Race and Search Warrant Trustworthiness in the City of Pittsburgh and Environs

January 1, 2008 to January 1, 2009

This pilot study’s principal aim is to examine a random sample of Pittsburgh Police Department search warrants in calendar years 2006 and 2007 to determine whether there is link between race of the person whose home is searched and the quality of the underlying bases for the search warrant application.