Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work

Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work

by David A. Harris
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1565848187

ISBN-13: 9781565848184

Pub. Date: 04/19/2003

Publisher: New Press, The


Racial profiling—as practiced by police officers, highway troopers, and customs officials—is one of America’s most explosive public issues. But even as protest against the practice has swelled, police forces and others across the country continue to argue that profiling is an effective crime-fighting tool. In Profiles in Injustice, now in

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Racial profiling—as practiced by police officers, highway troopers, and customs officials—is one of America’s most explosive public issues. But even as protest against the practice has swelled, police forces and others across the country continue to argue that profiling is an effective crime-fighting tool. In Profiles in Injustice, now in paperback, David Harris—described by the Seattle Times as "America’s leading authority on racial profiling"—dismantles those arguments, drawing on a wealth of newly available statistics to show convincingly that profiling is not only morally and legally wrong, but also startlingly ineffectual at preventing crime or apprehending criminals.

A new chapter considers how the events of September 11 have recast the racial profiling issue, tipping public opinion in favor of the policy as a tool in fighting terrorism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565848184
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
04/19/2003
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Chapter 1Profiles in Injustice: American Life Under the Regime of Racial Profiling1
Chapter 2Profiling Past and Present, and High-Discretion Police Tactics16
Chapter 3Profiling Unmasked: From Criminal Profiling to Racial Profiling48
Chapter 4The Hard Numbers: Why Racial Profiling Doesn't Add Up73
Chapter 5The Costs of Racial Profiling: Casualties and Collateral Damage91
Chapter 6It's Not Just Driving While Black: How Profiling Affects Latinos, Asians, and Arabs129
Chapter 7Meeting the Challenge of Racial Profiling145
Chapter 8A Case Study: How One Police Agency Changed for the Better208
Chapter 9Conclusion: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and the Future223
Notes229
Index265

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