What relationship exists between minority status and crime? Is this relationship generalizable across different societies? Many western nations are becoming concerned with the problem of crime in general and, in particular, the role of minority groups, be they political refugees, guest workers, immigrants, or native ethnic and racial minorities. A unique cross-cultural exploration. Minorities, Migrants, and Crime highlights the empirical realities of crime and these under-studied populations. Each international expert from the United States or Europe surveys national statistical facts and research as well as political and theoretical debates critical to the issues. Revealing a number of surprising similarities and differences, original chapters examine law enforcement priorities, punishment philosophy and practices, and media coverage against the backdrop of contemporary thought and facts about race, ethnicity, migrants, crime, and criminal justice in the United States. Offering an in-depth examination of international perspectives, Minorities, Migrants, and Crime adds a viewpoint crucial to the law and policy making currently taking place in the United States. Minorities, Migrants, and Crime features state-of-the-art research in the international arena of criminal justice. A thought-provoking read, this book will prove to be an ideal resource for researchers, academics, and students in criminology, criminal justice, corrections, policing, sociology, ethnic studies, policy studies, international studies, immigration studies, and public administration.

Minorities, Crime, and Criminal Justice in the United States

Minorities, Crime, and Criminal Justice in the United States

Minorities, crime, and criminal justice in the United States

The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of minorities, crime, and criminal justice in the United States. This is not a simple assignment. The sheer volume of work by American scholars on the topics of race, ethnicity, and crime, as well as on the interrelationships among these concepts, is mind-boggling; to capture the essence of this body of work in one brief summarization is difficult. To complicate matters further, the fabric of modern American society is woven of an extremely complex patchwork of minority groups—based on race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, or all of these. Some “minorities” have been part of American society for a ...

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