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Negative Police Interactions Make You Less Likely To Vote

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University of Kansas research involved examining thousands of surveys taken by young Americans detailing their contact with the criminal justice system, their well-being and how politically active they were.

"Citizens are being pushed out of public participation... via these low quality interactions with police departments," Professor Brandon Davis says.

A study by KU researcher Brandon Davis reveals that the impact of interactions with law enforcement on well-being and political involvement can be great. Davis says traumatic incidents with the police can have a lasting impact on whether you register to vote or even vote at all.

  • Brandon Davis, assistant professor of public affairs & administration at the University of Kansas
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