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Racial Issues in Criminal Justice: The Case of African Americans

Marvin D. Free, Jr., editor
 
ISBN: 978-1-881798-55-2
$28.50
2004/278 pages
A CriminalJusticePress Project
"Promises to stimulate a great deal of critical analysis and debate in the classroom, and I would highly recommend it."—Debra S. Emmelman, Law and Politics Book Review

"Provides a good starting point for a discourse on the topic of racism in the criminal justice system in the United States. The book effectively illustrates the plight of African Americans caught in the criminal 'in'-justice system."—Alice H.J.D. Choi, Critical Criminology

DESCRIPTION

This important collection sheds light on the disproportionate number of African Americans incarcerated or otherwise embroiled in the US criminal justice system, focusing on both the origins and impact of the phenomenon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marvin D. Free, Jr., is professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. He is coauthor of Crime, Justice, and Society: An Introduction to Criminology, now in its third edition.

CONTENTS

  • Race and Criminal Justice in the United States: Some Introductory Remarks—the Editor.
  • THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RACE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY: PAST AND PRESENT.
  • Marginalization and Racial Stratification in the Academic Discipline of Criminal Justice—R. Engvall.
  • Slavery's Legacy? Private Prisons and Mass Imprisonment—M.A. Hallett.
  • The Color of Prime-Time Justice: Racial Characteristics of Television Offenders and Victims—S. Eschholz.
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESPONSES TO CRIME AND AFRICAN AMERICANS.
  • Picasso as a Criminologist: The Abstract Art of Racial Profiling—M.J. Lynch and A.M. Schuck.
  • "Driving While Black": Corollary Phenomena and Collateral Consequences—K.K. Russell.
  • A Critical Examination of Hate Crime Scholarship and the Underrepresentation of African Americans in Victimization Research—B.D. Byers, P.J. Becker, and K.J. Opiola.
  • Race and Presentencing Decisions: The Cost of Being African American—the Editor.
  • Trying Juveniles as Adults: A Case of Racial and Ethnic Bias?—B. Tatum.
  • SEEKING SOLUTIONS.
  • Do African American Police Make a Difference?—H.T. Greene.
  • The Myth of Black Juror Nullification: Racism Dressed Up in Jurisprudential Clothing—E. Krauss and M. Schulman.
  • Embracing Affirmative Jury Selection for Racial Fairness—H. Fukurai.
  • How "Restorative" is Restorative Justice? An Oppression Theory Critique—R. Conners.