The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America / Edition 5

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From racial profiling to the issues surrounding immigration and the death penalty, controversies involving race and ethnicity pervade the criminal justice system. Get the straight facts and theoretical grounding that you need to make your own informed decisions about discrimination in the criminal justice system with The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America. The Color of Justice brings together the bast and the most recent research to give you a comprehensive and balanced look at racial and ethnic discrimination within America's criminal justice system. The Color of Justice makes every effort to incorporate discussion of all major racial and ethnic groups found in the United States.
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A synthesis of recent research and theories of racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination in the criminal justice system. The authors attempt to comprehensively cover different facets of the issue, expanding their analysis to include African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans; exploring levels of discrimination in differing sections of the system (police, courts, and corrections); comparing geographic areas; including class and gender issues; and looking at the juvenile justice system. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111346928
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 139,982
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Walker is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where he taught for 31 years before retiring in 2005. He is the author of 13 books on policing, criminal justice history and policy, and civil liberties. His current research involves police accountability, focusing primarily on citizen oversight of the police and police Early Intervention Systems (EIS) systems. Originally trained as a historian, he is completing a book on U.S. presidents and civil liberties. His personal web site, with information on police accountability is

Cassia Spohn is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She has published extensively on prosecutors' charging decisions in sexual assault cases, the effect of race, ethnicity, and gender on sentencing decisions, sentencing of drug offenders, and the deterrent effect of imprisonment. She is currently conducting a National Institute of Justice-funded study of police and prosecutorial decision making in sexual assault cases in Los Angeles.

Miriam DeLone's research interests include political economy and social control; race, ethnicity, gender and sentencing; and corrections. Her teaching interests are in the area of minorities and crime; criminology; corrections; law and social control; nature of crime; and administration of justice.

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Table of Contents

1 Race, ethnicity, and crime : the present crisis 1
2 Victims and offenders : myths and realities about crime 29
3 Race, ethnicity, social structure, and crime 77
4 Justice on the street? : the police and racial and ethnic minorities 106
5 The courts : a quest for justice during the pretrial process 163
6 Justice on the bench? : trial and adjudication in criminal court 201
7 Race and sentencing : in search of fairness and justice 231
8 The color of death : race and the death penalty 290
9 Corrections in America : a colorful portrait : corrections vs. college : minorities in society 341
10 Minority youth and crime : minority youth in court 375
11 The color of justice 418
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