Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Crime and Criminal Justice in the United States

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Crime and Criminal Justice in the United States

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dc.contributor.author Lauritsen, Janet L.
dc.contributor.author Sampson, Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-27T16:52:08Z
dc.date.issued 1997
dc.identifier.citation Sampson, Robert J., and Janet L. Lauritsen. 1997. Racial and ethnic disparities in crime and criminal justice in the United States. Crime and Justice 21: 311-374. en
dc.identifier.issn 0192-3234 en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3226952
dc.description.abstract Although racial discrimination emerges some of the time at some stages of criminal justice processing-such as juvenile justice-there is little evidence that racial disparities result from systematic, overt bias. Discrimination appears to be indirect, stemming from the amplification of initial disadvantages over time, along with the social construction of "moral panics" and associated political responses. The "drug war" of the 1980s and 1990s exacerbated the disproportionate representation of blacks in state and federal prisons. Race and ethnic disparities in violent offending and victimization are pronounced and long-standing. Blacks, and to a lesser extent Hispanics, suffer much higher rates of robbery and homicide victimization than do whites. Homicide is the leading cause of death among young black males and females. These differences result in part from social forces that ecologically concentrate race with poverty and other social dislocations. Useful research would emphasize multilevel (contextual) designs, the idea of "cumulative disadvantage" over the life course, the need for multiracial conceptualizations, and comparative, cross-national designs. en
dc.description.sponsorship Sociology en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher University of Chicago Press en
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/449253 en
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.jstor.org/pss/1147634 en
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dc.title Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Crime and Criminal Justice in the United States en
dc.relation.journal Crime and Justice en
dash.depositing.author Sampson, Robert

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