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

@article{Sampson1997RacialAE,
  title={Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Crime and Criminal Justice in the United States},
  author={R. J. Sampson and J. Lauritsen},
  journal={Crime and Justice},
  year={1997},
  volume={21},
  pages={311 - 374}
}
  • R. J. Sampson, J. Lauritsen
  • Published 1997
  • Sociology
  • Crime and Justice
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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