Title

Police Hiring and Retention of Sexual Minorities in Georgia and Texas after Lawrence v. Texas

Department

Sociology & Criminal Justice

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2009

Abstract

In this telephone interview study, hiring and retention policies and practices relevant to sexual minority officers among twenty selected police departments in Georgia and Texas were examined. The authors examined policies and practices in place before and after the U.S. Supreme Court''s 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas, in which the Court struck down Texas'' sodomy law on grounds that it violated due process and the right to privacy, in effect decriminalizing homosexual conduct throughout the nation. Conclusions and policy implications for law enforcement hiring practices in light of this landmark decision are discussed.

Journal

Journal of Criminal Justice

Journal ISSN

Journal of Criminal Justice

Volume

37

Issue

3

First Page

256

Last Page

261

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2009.04.005