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The Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice

The Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice

by Nina M. MooreNina M. Moore
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The race problem in the American criminal justice system endures because of the enabling behavior of the public and of policy makers. The tendency of racial justice advocates to point the finger of blame chiefly at law enforcement, or racial conservatives, or the war on drugs, or any other single entity is misguided. Whether the problem is defined in terms of minority overrepresentation in the criminal justice system or in terms of the differential treatment minorities receive while entangled within the criminal process, a critical mass of citizens and policy makers that care enough to demand something be done about it is lacking. We Are “The Man” is the story of how racial concerns are consistently ignored in the national crime-policy process and why.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107654884
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/26/2015
Pages: 406
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Nina M. Moore is a political science professor at Colgate University. She was recently named in The Princeton Review's The Best 300 Professors in the United States. Her research, teaching, and writing focus on racial inequality, public policy, and governance processes. Moore was appointed by Governor David Patterson to a four-year term on the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct (2009-13) and by the New York state senate to the Advisory Council on Underage Alcohol Consumption and Youth Substance Abuse (2010-present). She is the author of Governing Race: Policy, Process, and the Politics of Race.

Table of Contents

1. Racial tracking: two law-enforcement modes; 2. Policy process theory of racial tracking: an overview; 3. A color-blind problem: the US Supreme Court and racial influences in law enforcement; 4. Opportunities for change: the racial justice agenda in Congress; 5. Congress as power player: racial justice versus 'law and order'; 6. The politics principle and the party playbook; 7. Public mind-set: what Americans believe about race, crime, and criminal justice disparities; 8. Reasons to believe: options concerning race, crime, and justice.

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