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Racism, Crime and Justice

Racism, Crime and Justice

Benjamin Bowling, Coretta Phillips

Nov 2001, Paperback, 336 pages
ISBN13: 9780582299665
ISBN10: 0582299667
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Racism, Crime and Justice offers a broad overview of this challenging and underexplored field. The book synthesises a great deal of empirical research evidence, documentary accounts and illustrative examples in order to give a minority perspective on the race and crime debate. The book looks systematically at the influence of race in determining the prison population, in influencing decisions by the courts, in the function and behaviour of the police, in the extent and nature of crime committed (both by and against ethnic minorities). The book ends by discussing policy issues, and explores the options open in seeking to combat discrimination on racial grounds within the criminal justice system following the findings of the Lawrence Inquiry.Although specialist studies have appeared and there have been general texts containing chapter length summaries of the area, there is no up-to-date textbook on this important theme.

1. Introduction - From Scarman to Lawrence: Racism, Crime and Justice 1979-99
2. Thinking about Racism, Crime and Justice
3. Victimisation and Racist Victimisation
4. 'Race' and Crime
5. Policing
6. Prosecution and Sentencing
7. Prison and Probation
8. Criminal Justice Practitioners
9. Conclusion Suggestions for Further Reading

  • Although specialist studies have appeared and there have been general texts containing chapter length summaries of the area, there is no up to date textbook on this important theme.
  • The authors are acknowledged authorities in this area.

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..the..text is a fine addition to the catalogue of contemporary criminology. It is written in a style that is accessible to lay readers as well as students of the discipline, and should be required reading for policy-makers operating in the fields of policing and criminal justice.
Runnymede's Quarterly Bulletin, No.331, September 2002

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