Criminology and criminal justice is in its infancy in India. This book attempts to examine India's crime problem in detail and document if and how its criminal justice system has responded to emerging challenges and opportunities. The objective is to move beyond mere observations and thoughtful opinions, and make contributions that are the next steps in the development of an empirical (or evidence-based) criminology and criminal justice on this vast and diverse country-by focusing on research that is both balanced and precise.

This book brings together a diverse set of 32 academics from India, the US, and the UK who have authored 19 chapters on many aspects of crime and justice in India.

The organizational components or sectors of the criminal justice system are the police, the courts, and corrections. The studies collected here provide balanced coverage of the entire criminal justice system and not just one component of it. The first section of this book consists of overviews of several major issues that affect the entire criminal justice system. Section Two considers topics related to the gateway of the criminal justice system, policing. Section Three takes up the operational problems of criminal law and courts and Section Four deals with the difficult question of punishment and correction, the last part of the criminal justice system.

Citizens' Perceptions of Police Integrity in India: An Empirical Exploration

Citizens' Perceptions of Police Integrity in India: An Empirical Exploration

Citizens' perceptions of police integrity in India: An empirical exploration
Mahesh K.Nalla


This study examines citizens' perception of police corruption and integrity in India. We use survey data collected from residents in a New Delhi neighborhood and from train passengers on a 41-hour, 1,281-mile round trip between north and south India. Using the literature, we examine a range of variables that explain citizens' perceptions of police corruption: demographic characteristics, nature of contact, views about police professionalism, satisfaction, and trust in police work. We find that the younger population earning a higher income and the middle-aged group within the lower-income category are more likely to perceive police integrity negatively. Citizens with less satisfaction or trust in police work ...

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