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Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Criminal Justice System - New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance, and Law (Paperback)
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Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Criminal Justice System - New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance, and Law (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 11/12/2015
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The murder of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial and acquittal of his assailant, George Zimmerman, sparked a passionate national debate about race and criminal justice in America that involved everyone from bloggers to mayoral candidates to President Obama himself. With increased attention to these causes, from St. Louis to Los Angeles, intense outrage at New York City's Stop and Frisk program and escalating anger over the effect of mass incarceration on the nation's African American community, the Trayvon Martin case brought the racialized nature of the American justice system to the forefront of our national consciousness. Deadly Injustice uses the Martin/Zimmerman case as a springboard to examine race, crime, and justice in our current criminal justice system. Contributors explore how race and racism informs how Americans think about criminality, how crimes are investigated and prosecuted, and how the media interprets and reports on crime. At the center of their analysis sit examples of the Zimmerman trial and Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law, providing current and resonant examples for readers as they work through the bigger-picture problems plaguing the American justice system. This important volume demonstrates how highly publicized criminal cases go on to shape public views about offenders, the criminal process, and justice more generally, perpetuating the same unjust cycle for future generations. A timely, well-argued collection, Deadly Injustice is an illuminating, headline-driven text perfect for students and scholars of criminology and an important contribution to the discussion of race and crime in America.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9781479894291
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book provides a powerful and timely reviewof the need to see the connection between race, death, and injustice inAmerica. It is time for us to have this much-needed conversation, which will helpus, as a community, understand that far too many children are dying from thehands of assailants. We need to focus on life, rather than death, for ourchildren."-Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.,Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
"The opinions of the researchers point to a need for an overhaul of the criminal justice system and the beliefs espoused therein, as well as those expressed on social media. Highly readable and informative. Summing Up: Highly recommended."-Choice
"Deadly Injustice strips away thewillful racial blindsight that has frustrated scholars who seek to reveal theways in which our legal institutions deny basic justice when state actors killyoung black men and women.Johnson,Warren and Farrell have assembled outstanding scholars whose analytic skillsshed new and harsh light into the dark corners of law and criminal justice toreveal the racialization and inequalities in the course of both egregious andeveryday events.The analytic focus ofthis unique volume will sharpen theory and research on racial disparities injustice, and create a new scholarship that can shift our basic understanding ofrace, law and socio-legal culture to explain these undeniable and disturbingfacts."-Jeffrey A. Fagan,Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law
"Devon Johnson, Patricia Warren, and Amy Farrell have assembled an impressive array of scholars to focus on [a] set of thorny issues for our criminal justice system and for the vitality of American democracy....This volume, bringing together new research and fresh analyses from sociologists, criminologists, legal scholars, and political scientists takes huge steps toward the all-important...re-framing of issues that needs to happen."-from the Foreword by Lawrence Bobo
"At a time when we'veseen fundamental shifts in the policing and criminal justice terrain in our country, thisimportant volume adds depth anddimension to our understanding of race, ethnicity and justice in America.This is must reading not only for scholars inthe field but also for policymakers and practitioners committed to ensuringthat our criminal justice system actually delivers justice."-Laurie O. Robinson,Co-Chair, The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and former Assistant Attorney General

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