ERIC Number: ED218384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Inequality of Justice: A Report on Crime and the Administration of Justice in the Minority Community.
Blanks, Raymond S., Ed.
This report provides information on the impact of crime and the criminal justice system on minorities in the United States. The report is presented in two parts. Part one focuses on the historical perspective of crime and minority experience concerning crime, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system, with specific reference to blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and Asian Americans. Part two examines the inequality of justice as practiced in such institutions as the police forces, courts, and correctional facilities, and briefly discusses education, research, and community anti-crime efforts that affect minority groups. The report suggests that: 1) race is an important factor in the operation of the criminal justice system which seems to discriminate against minority racial/ethnic groups; 2) incarceration is applied primarily to the poor and minorities, while diversion, restitution, and other alternative programs are considered more appropriate for whites; 3) although minorities are more often victims of crime than whites, their involvement in the criminal justice system is disproportional to their numbers in population, and they have been virtually excluded from participation in policy-making activities against crime. Recommendations to correct the current situation and provide equal treatment for minorities within the criminal justice system are presented. (Author/MJL)
Descriptors: American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, Civil Rights, Correctional Institutions, Court Role, Crime, Criminals, Cultural Influences, Hispanic Americans, Improvement Programs, Individual Characteristics, Justice, Law Enforcement, Legislation, Minority Groups, Police, Public Policy, Racial Discrimination, Research Needs, Socioeconomic Background, Socioeconomic Influences, Victims of Crime
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Minority Advisory Council on Criminal Justice, Washington, DC.