African Americans and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia (Hardback)
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African Americans and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia (Hardback)

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Hardback 631 Pages / Published: 15/07/2014
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Does justice exist for Blacks in America? This comprehensive compilation of essays documents the historical and contemporary impact of the law and criminal justice system on people of African ancestry in the United States.

African Americans and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia comprises descriptive essays documenting the ways in which people of African descent have been victimized by oppressive laws enacted by local, state, and federal authorities in the United States. The entries also describe how Blacks became disproportionately represented in national crime statistics, largely through their efforts to resist legalized oppression in early American history, and present biographies of famous and infamous Black criminal suspects and victims throughout early American history and in contemporary times.

Providing coverage of law and criminal justice practices from the precolonial period, including the introduction of African slaves, up to practices in modern-day America, this encyclopedia presents a frank and comprehensive view of how Americans of African descent have come to be viewed as synonymous with criminality. This book represents an essential learning resource for all American citizens, regardless of race or age.


120 A-Z entries on race and criminal justice and famous or infamous African American crime perpetrators or victims

Contributions from more than 50 distinguished scholars from many criminal justice/criminology academic programs across the country

An index of key persons, events, and legislation

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313357169
Number of pages: 631
Weight: 1247 g
Dimensions: 257 x 180 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A cultural analysis approach offers insightful observations and explanations. . . . The entry list is noteworthy and makes a significant contribution to the complex topic. The format of African Americans and Criminal Justice is outstanding. . . . The work represents a significant academic discourse. . . . This volume would make a substantial contribution to comprehensive library reference collections. University, community college, and high school libraries would recognize it as an essential resource encyclopedia volume. Criminal justice undergraduate and graduate students would find this text and expert commentary of value in their pursuit of knowledge and a related historical perspective. After careful consideration, the editors disclose their aspiration to make the content accessible and understandable to a wide audience. The book sets the foundation for further dialogue in the academic community and enhances opportunities for others to focus their efforts on future contributions. Selected topics offer a significant journey into the study of African Americans and criminal justice in the United States." - ARBA
"Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers." - Choice

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