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Race and Crime

Race and Crime

Fifth Edition

September 2018 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Written by Shaun L. Gabbidon and Helen Taylor Greene, two of the most prominent criminologists in the field, Race and Crime, 5th Edition takes an incisive look at the intersection of race and ethnicity and the criminal justice system. A thought-provoking discussion of contemporary issues uniquely balances the historical context and modern data and research to offer students a panoramic perspective on race and crime. Accessible and reader friendly, this comprehensive book shows students how race and ethnicity have mattered and continue to matter in all aspects of the administration of justice.

Features and Benefits

  • Historical details and contemporary information are presented in every chapter to help students develop a comprehensive understanding and make more informed decision in regards to race and crime.
  • An issues approach focuses on several contemporary challenges such as immigration and crime, hate crimes, racial profiling, sentencing disparities, minority female delinquency, and wrongful convictions.
  • Coverage of major racial and ethnic groups in the United States ensures students are receiving the most current data and research available on groups of individuals.
  • Internet exercises at the end of each chapter give students the opportunity to further their knowledge and understanding of race and crime.

New to this Edition

  • Updated data tables such as crime and victimization trends, hate crime incidents, and juvenile crime/victimization put the study of race and crime in a more complete context for students.
  • Chapter 1 features an expanded discussion of implicit bias to help students examine this important concept at the outset of the course.
  • Chapter 2 includes an expanded discussion of hate crimes and race and human trafficking to demonstrate the extent of crime and victimization in these areas.
  • Chapter 4 has important updates regarding policing and the use of force, the Black Lives Matter movement, the Blue Lives Matter movement, the need for diversity in law enforcement, traffic stops, and immigration and policing.
  • The reality of racial bias in the court system has been expanded in Chapter 5 to include discussions of racial disparities in plea bargains and backstrikes of potential jurors.
  • Chapter 6 on sentencing has been updated to include the Trump administration's stance on the war on drugs and judicial appointments. Additional discussion of drug courts and cumulative disadvantage as a factor in the sentencing process have also been added.
  • Expanded discussions of wrongful convictions and intersectionality in death penalty decisions enhance Chapter 7.
  • Important topics such as life after prison and the impact of felony disenfranchisement on minorities help contextualize the discussion of corrections in Chapter 8.
  • The important topic of school shootings is included as an essential update to the discussion of juveniles in Chapter 9.
1. Overview of Race and Crime
Race, DNA, Criminal Justice Databases, and Civil Rights Concerns  
Race, Ethnicity, and the U.S. Population in 2015  
Race, Ethnicity, and Population Trends  
Prejudice, Discrimination, and Implicit Bias  
Historical Antecedents of Race and Crime in America  
2. Extent of Crime and Victimization
History of Crime and Victimization Statistics in the United States  
The Uniform Crime Reporting Program  
Victimization Surveys  
Limitations of Arrest and Victimization Data  
Arrest Trends  
Victimization Trends  
3. Theoretical Perspectives on Race and Crime
What Is Theory?  
Biology, Race, and Crime  
Sociological Explanations  
Collective Efficacy  
Culture Conflict Theory  
Strain/Anomie Theory  
General Strain Theory  
Subcultural Theory  
Conflict Theory  
The Colonial Model  
Integrated and Nontraditional Theories on Race and Crime  
4. Policing
Overview of Policing in America  
Historical Overview of Race and Policing  
Contemporary Issues in Race and Policing  
5. Courts
Overview of American Courts: Actors and Processes  
Historical Overview of Race and the Courts in America  
Contemporary Issues in Race and the Courts  
Scholarship on Race/Ethnicity, Bail, and Pretrial Release  
Drug Courts  
6. Sentencing
Sentencing Philosophies  
Historical Overview of Race and Sentencing  
Contemporary Issues in Race and Sentencing  
7. The Death Penalty
Historical Overview of Race and the Death Penalty  
Significant Death Penalty Cases  
Current Statistics on the Death Penalty  
Scholarship on Race and the Death Penalty  
Public Opinion and the Death Penalty  
Contemporary Issues in Race and the Death Penalty  
8. Corrections
Overview of American Corrections  
Historical Overview of Race and Corrections  
Contemporary State of Corrections  
Contemporary Issues in Race and Corrections  
9. Juvenile Justice
Overview of Juvenile Justice  
Historical Overview of Race and Juvenile Justice  
Race, Juvenile Crime, and Victimization  
Youth in the Juvenile Justice System  

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ISBN: 9781544334233