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NCJ Number: 163439 Find in a Library
Title: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime: The Present Crisis (From Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America, P 1-23, 1996, Sabra Horne, ed. - See NCJ-163438)
Author(s): S Walker; C Spohn; M DeLone
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Belmont, CA 94002
Sale Source: Wadsworth Publishing Co
20 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter provides a foundation and the basic underlying issues for a discussion of race, ethnicity, and crime.
Abstract: The chapter attempts to set the framework for a critical analysis of the overrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system. It describes the racial and ethnic categories used in the United States; the quality of data on race and ethnicity reported by different criminal justice agencies; the distribution of racial and ethnic groups in the United States; and the distinction between disparity and discrimination and what difference it makes with respect to interpreting the criminal justice system. Discussions of race include the problematical nature of traditional categories of race in American society, where many people have mixed ancestry; the impact of a Multicultural category; the politics of racial and ethnic labels; and the theoretical perspective about crime and criminal justice that guides the chapters that follow. Figures, notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Conflict theory; Criminal justice evaluation; Criminal justice system analysis; Ethnic groups; Minorities; Racial discrimination; Statistics; Theory; Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program
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