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 France

Minorities, crime, and criminal justice in France


In the spring of 1990, the Prime Minister of France convened an advisory council on integration, the Haut Conseil à l'intégration, specifically to dispel the “fantasies surrounding the presence of èrangers in France” (as translated, Haut Conseil, 1991, p. 7)—to replace the fragmented, dispersed, and sometimes incoherent knowledge about immigrants with a longitudinal perspective on both the flow of immigration and the social and judicial situation of ètrangers—non-French citizens living in France. In its first report, published in 1991, the group indicated its intention to “recover the notion of integration” so that immigrants could “play a positive and enriching” role even in the face of the transformation of French society and its ...

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