According to the main argument in favour of the practice of racial profiling as a low enforcement tactic, the use of race as a targeting factor helps the police to apprehend more criminals. In the following, this argument is challenged. It is argued that, given the assumption that criminals are currently being punished too severely in Western countries, the apprehension of more criminals may not constitute a reason in favour of racial profiling at all.
Journal of Ethics, 2011, Vol 15, Issue 1-2, p. 79-88
Apprehension of criminals; Criminal justice; Racial profiling; Retributivism; Utilitarianism