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Katherine Durante

Assistant Professor, Nevada State College
Chapter Member: Nevada SSN

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About Katherine

Dr. Durante's research focuses on racial and ethnic inequality in the criminal justice system, with an emphasis on drugs and society, punishment and social control, and quantitative methods. Overarching themes in Dr. Durante's writings include examining how the war on drugs and other ostensibly race-neutral policies and practices contribute to disparate sentencing. Dr. Durante recently served as the Vice-Chair for the Law & Society Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She is a correspondent for NV-CURE and is starting a term on the Citizens Review Board for LVMPD, reviewing citizen complaints against the police.

In the News

"Death Penalty Is Costly, Ineffective," Katherine Durante, Las Vegas Sun, March 26, 2021.
"Locking People in Cages and Family Separation Is Nothing New in Nevada Copy," Katherine Durante, Opinion, The Nevada Independent, July 24, 2018.


"Coparenting, Negative Educational Outcomes, and Familial Instability in Justice-involved Families" (with Eman Tadros). International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology (2021).

Examines if a more cohesive coparenting relationship is associated with fewer adverse childhood experience for children with incarcerated fathers. Finds that children of parents who frequently argue about the child are more likely to have ever been suspended or expelled from school and are more likely to have ever had to live outside of the home.

"County-Level Context and Sentence Lengths for Black, Latinx, and White Individuals Sentenced to Prison: A Multi-Level Assessment" Criminal Justice Policy Review (2021).

Discusses how Black and Latinx individuals receive longer sentences than their White counterparts, even after controlling for relevant variables. Elaborates on how Black individuals are sentenced longer than their White counterparts in counties with larger shares of Republican voters. Indicates that race and ethnicity continue to be salient predictors of punishment.

"Racial Inequality in Prison Admissions for Drug Offenses: An Investigation of County- and State-Level Predictors," (with A. Morczek), Forthcoming.

Findings indicate that counties with larger Black populations, that are more politically conservative, that have increased levels of segregation, that have less Black-White income inequality, and that are located in the South have less Black-White racial inequality in prison admissions for drug offenses.

" Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Prison Admissions Across Counties: An Evaluation of Racial/Ethnic Threat, Socioeconomic Inequality, and Political Climate Explanations" (with A. Morczek). Race and Justice 10, no. 2 (2017): 176-202.

Finds that Black–White prison admission disparities are lower in jurisdictions with greater shares of Black citizens; however, the reverse is true for Latino–White inequality. Mentions political conservatism being associated with less inequality. Shows counties with more income and employment parity have smaller disparities in sentencing.