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NCJ Number: 160023 Find in a Library
Title: Gays and Lesbians in the Criminal Justice System (From Multicultural Perspectives in Criminal Justice and Criminology, P 211-231, 1994, James E. Hendricks and Bryan Byers, eds. - See NCJ- 160016)
Author(s): J S Arnott
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter examines the role that homosexuals and lesbians play in the criminal justice system, and the problems faced by homosexual and lesbian police officers.
Abstract: Many police officers and the general public share misconceptions about homosexuals and lesbians, i.e., that they are mentally abnormal, insignificant in number, a cultural group, and identified as inherently illegal groups. The chapter describes the life experiences of homosexual and lesbian police officers in several American cities. Police officers in general are as fearful of homosexuals and lesbians (homophobic) as any other segment of society. As a result of the stress of leading a double life, many homosexual and lesbian police officers are substance abusers, and the suicide rates among these groups is disproportionately high. To provide a better working environment for lesbian and homosexual officers, police departments need to develop a welcoming atmosphere, hold supervisors accountable for enforcing antidiscrimination policies, demonstrate commitment from administrators to achieve homosexual rights, and recruit and train homosexual and lesbian officers. 26 references
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Criminal justice research; Criminology; Cultural influences; Discrimination against homosexuals; Victims of Crime
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