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NCJ Number: 134784 Find in a Library
Title: Workshop on Collecting Race and Ethnicity Statistics in the Criminal Justice System
Author(s): A N Doob
Corporate Author: University of Toronto
Centre of Criminology
Canada
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Department of Justice
Ottawa ON K1A 0H8, Canada
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN O-919584-69-1
Sale Source: University of Toronto
Centre of Criminology
Toronto,
Canada
Type: Conference Material
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: The University of Toronto's Centre of Criminology invited members of the academic community, largely criminological researchers, to a 1991 workshop dealing with the collection of race and ethnicity statistics in the criminal justice system.
Abstract: Workshop participants looked at the origin of concern about race-crime statistics, whether these statistics should be collected and if so how often, the politics of race-crime statistics, general issues in the collection of such statistics, and purposes and usefulness of the statistics. It was generally agreed that race-crime statistics need to be collected in order to understand whether the criminal justice system treats people of different racial or ethnic groups fairly. The statistics can be useful in uncovering discrimination, determining what kinds of programs would be most useful in the correctional system, and identifying groups most likely to enter the criminal justice system. On the other hand, race-crime statistics collected by the police should not be generally used as indicators of various groups' level of involvement in crime. Problems in the collection of race-crime data are noted such as systematic bias in the assessment of race and ethnicity, high levels of unreliability or random error if data are collected from the perspective of criminal justice system decisionmakers, and the reluctance of both victims and offenders to disclose data. Appendixes contain a list of workshop participants and information on the racial origin variable in Canada's Uniform Crime Reporting.
Main Term(s): Race-crime relationships
Index Term(s): Canada; Criminal justice research; Foreign crime statistics; Foreign criminal justice systems
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