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The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America 5th Edition

Samuel Walker, Cassia C. Spohn, Miriam DeLone

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2007, 2003, 2000
  • 560 Pages
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Comprehensive and balanced, THE COLOR OF JUSTICE is the definitive book on current research and theories of racial and ethnic discrimination within America’s Criminal Justice system. The best and the most recent research on patterns of criminal behavior and victimization, police practices, court processing and sentencing, the death penalty, and correctional programs are covered giving students the facts and theoretical foundation they need to make their own informed decisions about discrimination in the system. Uniquely unbiased, THE COLOR OF JUSTICE makes every effort to incorporate discussion of all major race groups found in the United States.

Samuel Walker, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Samuel Walker is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where he taught for 31 years before retiring in 2005. He is the author of 13 books on policing, criminal justice history and policy, and civil liberties. His current research involves police accountability, focusing primarily on citizen oversight of the police and police Early Intervention Systems (EIS). Originally trained as a historian, he is completing a book on U.S. presidents and civil liberties. His personal website, with information on police accountability is:

Cassia C. Spohn, Arizona State University

Cassia Spohn is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She has published extensively on prosecutors' charging decisions in sexual assault cases; the effect of race, ethnicity, and gender on sentencing decisions; sentencing of drug offenders; and the deterrent effect of imprisonment. She is currently conducting a National Institute of Justice-funded study of police and prosecutorial decision making in sexual assault cases in Los Angeles.

Miriam DeLone, Fayetteville State University

Miriam DeLone is Professor of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Her research interests include political economy and social control; race, ethnicity, gender, and sentencing; and corrections. Her teaching interests are in the areas of minorities and crime, criminology, corrections, law and social control, the nature of crime, and the administration of justice. She is currently writing in the areas of media and crime and crime prevention through a public health perspective.
  • New! Chapter 1 is significantly revised to provide a better foundation and starting point for race, ethnicity, and social class.
  • New! Keeping this book on the cutting edge, this edition includes more recent statistics, current cases, and high-profile topics such as intersectionality, racial profiling, minorities as justice officials/professionals, gangs, hate crime, terrorism, immigration, and human trafficking.
  • New! The new edition has greatly expanded coverage of immigration and the controversy over immigration and crime. The discussions sort through today’s political debates to present an objective view based on the best and most recently available data.
  • Rather than focus exclusively on one or two specific minority groups, the authors strive to discuss a wide variety of racial minorities - Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, and more – to give students a more complete perspective.
  • “In the Courts” boxes in most chapters provide an in-depth examination of a recent court case.
  • In addition to thorough coverage of racial issues in the courts and law enforcement, the text also includes thorough discussion of community-based and institutional corrections.
  • Valuable learning tools to help students master the material: instructive figures and tables, chapter goals and conclusions, and informative boxed material and discussion questions.
1. Race, Ethnicity, and Crime: The Present Crisis.
2. Victims and Offenders: Myths and Realities About Crime.
3. Race, Ethnicity, Social Structure, and Crime.
4. Justice on the Street? The Police and Minorities.
5. The Courts: A Quest for Justice During the Pre-Trial Process.
6. Justice on the Bench? Trial and Adjudication in Adult and Juvenile Court.
7. Race and Sentencing: In Search of Fairness and Justice.
8. The Color of Death: Race and the Death Penalty.
9. Corrections: A Picture in Black and White.
10. Minority Youth and the Criminal Justice System.
11. The Color of Justice.
Selected Bibliography.
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  • ISBN-10: 128500082X
  • ISBN-13: 9781285000824
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Online Test Bank (with Microsoft Word)

ISBN: 9781337092944
Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions -- most with answers and page references for each chapter of the text.

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781337092852
This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

PowerPoint® Lectures

ISBN: 9781337092869
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

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ISBN: 9781337093187
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.