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Race, Crime and Resistance offers a thought-provoking account of the problematic construction of crimes as racialized. Critical, empirically grounded and theoretically informed, it unpicks the persistence of concepts of race and ethnicity in perceptions and representations of crime.
In a post-Macpherson, post-9/11 context, criminal justice agencies are having to adapt their responses to criminal behavior across diverse ethnic groups. This book draws on contemporary theory and a range of case studies to consider racial inequalities within the criminal justice system and related organizations. It explores the mechanisms of discrimination and exclusion, and the ensuing processes of mobilization and resistance.
Articulate and sensitive in its approach, the book offers a vital insight into the pressing topic of race, crime and criminality. It clarifies complex ideas through the use ...
Chapter 5: Courtin’ Justice
There is a mass of anecdotal data indicating that the court system (by which we mean pre-trial custody, courtroom processes and personnel, and post-trial sentencing) discriminates against those who are of black and minority ethnic background. Indeed statistics of sentencing and incarceration when factored by race seem to support this view, with disproportionate and increased rates of black and minority ethnic incarceration. For example, in 2003 black and minority ethnic people of British nationality accounted for 12 per cent of the prison population in England and Wales (National Statistics, 2005). In 2008 this had risen to 35 per cent (Tye, 2009). This is similar to data supplied from other countries, in the USA for example, over 40 per cent of sentenced inmates ...