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Race and Criminal Justice

Race and Criminal Justice

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January 2009 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This text delivers a comprehensive overview of race and ethnicity across the criminal justice system. It unpacks terms such as race, diversity and multiculturalism to equip students with a thorough understanding of this complex subject area.

Featuring chapters by leading experts, Race and Criminal Justice provides a specialist introduction to each area of the criminal justice system, including police, prosecution, prisons, and probation. It also features stimulating discussion of contemporary issues, such as criminal justice responses to refugees and asylum seekers, and the experiences of Muslims within the criminal justice system post 9/11.

Each chapter follows a consistent structure, offering:
  • An overview of key theories relating to the study of race, ethnicity, and criminal justice
  • Analysis of research, policy, and practice
  • Chapter summaries and further reading to support understanding

Reflecting the shift in cultural and racial politics in the criminal justice system over recent years, Race and Criminal Justice is a must-read for all students of criminology and criminal justice, race and ethnicity studies, and law. It will also appeal to researchers and professionals operating within these areas.

Hindpal Singh Bhui
Criminal justice and Race Equality

David Smith
Key Concepts and Theories about 'Race'
David Smith
Criminology, Contemporary Society and Race Issues
Michael Rowe
Policing and Race Equality
Thinking outside the (Tick) Box

Seamus Taylor
The Crown Prosecution Service and Race Equality
Hindpal Singh Bhui
Prisons and Race Equality
Sam Lewis
The Probation Service and Race Equality
Finola Farrant
Gender, 'Race' and the Criminal Justice Process
Claire Cooper
Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Criminal Justice
Hindpal Singh Bhui
Foreign National Prisoners
Issues and Debates

Basia Spalek, Robert Lambert and Abdul Haqq Baker
Minority Muslim Communities and Criminal Justice
Stigmatized UK Faith Identities Post 9/11 and 7/7

Nathan Hall
Policing Racist Hate Crime
Policy, Practice and Experience

Karen Mills
Racism, Ethnicity and Drug Misuse
A Brief Introduction


Highly stimulating...this fresh analysis of race in criminal justice raises important issues for theory, policy and practice. Both students seeking an authoritative and up-to-date introduction to race and criminal justice and more experienced scholars exploring current thinking will find this book invaluable. Managers, policy makers and practitioners will likewise find it an informative and stimulating resource
European Journal of Probation

This book provides a contemporary and critically engaging text on race and criminal justice...The text provides a welcome update to rapidly changing social, political and criminological debates...Bhui’s edited collection of essays fulfils the role of an introductory text to the key areas of the criminal justice system very well. Furthermore, each chapter usefully provides a succinct summary as well as a list of recommended key texts making it an ideal starting point for engaging with the issues and debates surrounding race and criminal justice in recent years
Probation Journal

Very good on issues of race and criminal justice system.

Miss Maria Adams
Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Surrey University
September 14, 2016

This is a very useful book that adds to our knowledge of this important topic. I particularly liked the chapter by David Smith entitled Criminology, Contemporary Society and Race Issues, which engages with policing and young black males. This is an area of concern for academics and students in my classes and it is well written, balanced and objective.

Professor Anthony Goodman
School of Social Science - Criminology, Middlesex University
March 12, 2013

A well written book for anyone interested in Criminology who requires a comprehensive overview of ethnic minorities and the Criminal Justice system.

Miss Frances Jackson
Public Services, Peterborough Regional College
October 20, 2011

Never has it been more important to recognise the respective roles of race and ethnicity in contributing to the cultural and symbolic significance of the criminal justice system, and of policing in particular. In one book students can quickly and accessibly engage with these issues, where core conceptual and theoretical ideas sit alongside practical examples of how agents of criminal justice are responding to, and working through, the challenges of serving the publics of ethnically diverse and racially plural contemporary Britain.

Matthew Millings
Centre for Criminal Justice, Liverpool John Moores University
October 22, 2010

This text provides insightful information on the topic of rce and criminal justice. A very useful text for criminology, community justice and criminal justice process.

Ms Bev Orton
Social Science , Hull University
July 27, 2010

This is a timely, accessible and engaging text that covers a range of issues of significance to contemporary criminology.

Dr Neil Chakraborti
Department of Criminology, University of Leicester
June 2, 2010

This book offers a comprehensive, up-to-date exploration of Race and Criminal Justice. It will provide students with a clear overview of the issues that are evident throughout the criminal justice system and in the various stages of the criminal justice process, from the perspective of suspects, offenders and victims.

Mrs Nikki Shelton
Department of Criminology, University of Leicester
December 18, 2009

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