Criminology: Programs: Sociology and Criminology: UNCWPeterson and Lauren J. I am indebted to numerous individuals, only some of the many are mentioned by name in the text of this address. Direct correspondence to Ruth D. Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. Learn more. In the United States and elsewhere, racial and ethnic disparities in crime and criminal justice are relatively ubiquitous. Yet the meaning of such disparities is not well understood.
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Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. Members of the first panel broadly framed the issues surrounding the intersection of social exclusion and the criminal justice system. The way a problem is framed affects how people understand it, including who or what is responsible and what responses are appropriate, she added. Social exclusion is the deprivation of the qualities and opportunities of life in mainstream society. High rates of incarceration have become part of the institutional landscape of social and economic inequality in the United States, he said. This inequality is an enduring problem because its effects are cumulative, invisible, and intergenerational.
The journal of Human Justice. More than virtually any other realm of criminological scholarship, white collar crime study is plagued by unresolved definitional, conceptual, and typological issues. The present confused and contradictory invocations of the core terminology pertaining to white collar crime introduce a significant element of incoherence into the field. In this paper the seminal origins of the concept of white collar crime, in the work of E. Ross and E.
This article reviews the evidence on public knowledge of crime and criminal justice across a number of countries and discusses the implications of public knowledge for public opinion of crime and criminal justice, as well as policymaking. It introduces and explores the concept of public narratives on crime and criminal justice to provide a context for public knowledge and discusses the importance of the stories people tell about crime and criminal justice. The article sets out what the public knows about crime and criminal justice, why this matters i. It suggests that the importance of public knowledge of crime and criminal justice has been overstated. Keywords: public knowledge , public opinion , crime , criminal justice , public narratives. Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase.
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The problem of crime touches many lives and is the subject of many heated debates. Throughout the past two centuries, society has succumbed to an edifice complex. We build new prisons, new police stations, new courthouses, and new correctional centers spending billions of dollars. Yet the public continues to fear crime, even though the crime rate has remained relatively stable. The laws that are passed that define what is a crime generally reflect the beliefs and attitudes of people in advantaged positions and maintain the existing order against any perceived threats.
The legacy of the Violent Crime Control Act and Law Enforcement Act of , better known as the crime bill, has re-emerged in the national debate around criminal justice reform and public safety. States and localities were incentivized through a massive infusion of federal funding to build more jails and prisons and to pass so-called truth-in-sentencing laws and other punitive measures that simultaneously increased the number and length of prison sentences while reducing the possibility of early release for those incarcerated. It has been well-documented that these policies were failures. Moreover, tough-on-crime measures—specifically longer incarceration sentences—have had at best a marginal effect on improving public safety. Elected leaders today are attempting to unwind some of the most harmful effects of the crime bill through criminal justice reform measures. As part of that reform effort, a number of cities have pursued public health models and community-based strategies alongside innovative policing approaches. However, the effectiveness of those efforts has been and will continue to be muted because the machinery that the crime bill created and preserved has never stopped churning.