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Focal Concerns Theory, Labeling

  • By: Alana Van Gundy-Yoder
  • In: Encyclopedia of Race and Crime
  • Edited by: Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon
  • Subject:Race, Ethnicity & Crime, Ethnic Studies

According to focal concerns theory, three focal concerns have an effect on sentencing decisions: blameworthiness of the offender, protection of the community, and organizational restraints and consequences. Minorities are more likely to be labeled negatively when appearing in ...

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