The System in Black and White: Exploring the Connections between Race, Crime, and Justice


In a collection of empirical and theoretical contributions to the study of the nexus between race, crime, and justice, noted scholars in the field critique many long-held assumptions and myths about race, challenging criminal justice policymakers to develop new and effective strategies for dealing with the social problems such misunderstandings create. In sections devoted to criminological theory, law enforcement, courts and the law, corrections, juvenile delinquency, and gender, contributors endeavor to dispel myths about African-American involvement in the criminal justice system. In so doing, a number of important facts are established about the race/crime nexus. For example, in an analysis of criminological theory, it is concluded that race, as a singular social factor, has not been adequately represented in existing paradigms. The subject of police profiling of African-Americans reveals an evolution of court decisions that have marginalized, rather than liberated, African-Americans since slavery.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Paul Knepper
  • Becky L. Tatum
  • Liqun Cao
  • Anthony Troy Adams
  • Vickie J. Jensen
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000


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