Abstract

This article surveys research findings on racial and ethnic differences in offending, victimization, and justice system processing. Section I focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in victimization and off ending, as well as the causal explanations that have been proffered to explain these disparities. Section II reviews historical and contemporary research exploring the effects of race and ethnicity on justice system processing, with a focus on police decision making and noncapital and capital sentencing decisions. Section III discusses the policy implications of the research conducted thus far and suggests directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Crime and Criminal Justice
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940257
ISBN (Print)9780195395082
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

Keywords

  • Ethnic differences
  • Justice system processing
  • Offending
  • Racial differences
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Spohn, C. (2012). Race, Ethnicity, and Crime. In The Oxford Handbook of Crime and Criminal Justice Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195395082.013.0011