Sociology Index


Overrepresentation occurs when crime statistics show that certain acts of crime are committed at a higher rate by certain sections of the people. Men are overrepresented in prisons. Aboriginals are overrepresented in prisons. Women are overrepresented as victims in sexual assault offences. Overrepresentation is a situation where a group has a number of its members in some condition in greater numbers than their population would suggest. If a group makes up 20% of the population then a researcher might for example predict, other things being equal, that they would represent 20% of offenders, victims and those in prison. Overrepresentation occurs when, for example, crime statistics show that car accidents and traffic violations are committed at a higher rate by certain sections of the people or a certain gender.

"Indigenous Peoples are severely overrepresented in the criminal justice and prison systems," said Kayla Tink, co-director of Innocence McGill. "There is reason to believe they are also wrongly convicted at higher rates, but the system doesn't function in a vacuum. There are broader societal issues that have contributed to where we are now, like racism and colonialism and we must confront them." The overrepresentation of Indigenous people in correctional institutions is an unacceptable situation.

Over-representation of Indigenous people in federal prisons reaches 'disturbing' historic high. Correctional investigator calls for bold and urgent actions to address increasing over-representation. once an individual comes into the custody of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), he said the service needs to accept its share of responsibility in the overrepresentation instead of recusing itself from responsibility.

Reducing Overrepresentation of Minorities in Juvenile Justice: Development of Community-Based Programs in Pennsylvania - Wayne N. Welsh, Philip W. Harris, Patricia H. Jenkins. Although minority overrepresentation in juvenile justice settings has been identified as a persistent problem, interventions are scarce. To address minority overrepresentation in its juvenile justice system, Pennsylvania funded nine community-based intervention programs.

The Overrepresentation of Black Students in Special Education Classrooms
Kimberly Suzette Peterz. Abstract: The purpose of this research was to evaluate the degree to which Black students are overrepresented and misplaced in special education.

Overrepresentation of bilingual and poor children in special education classes: A continuing problem - Connor M. H, Boskin J. Sufficient research has not been directed toward the effect of language and dialect on the placement of children in special education classes. There is a need for further research into the continuing problem of the overrepresentation of poor and bilingual children in special education classes.