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 Italy

Minorities, Crime, and Criminal Justice in Italy

Minorities, crime, and criminal justice in Italy


Italy is a country of about 56 million inhabitants; it is divided into 20 regions, and there are remarkable differences between the south and the north: The north can be compared to the most advanced European regions, whereas the south is less industrialized, with a very high unemployment rate. After World War II, a remarkable economic boom took place, causing a widespread internal migration from the southern regions to the north, and from rural areas to urban areas.

AUTHORS’ NOTE: This chapter was translated by Maria Teresa VanderBoegh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

During the 1970s, terrorism and drug-related problems started to attract the attention of the population and of social control agencies. Presently, ...

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