Racism, Crime and Justice

Benjamin Bowling / Coretta Phillips  
Pearson Longman
Total pages
November 2001
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This book synthesises a great deal of empirical research evidence, documentary accounts and illustrative examples in order to give a minority perspective on the race and crime debate. The book looks systematically at the influence of race in determining the prison population, in influencing decisions by the courts, in the function and behaviour of the police, in the extent and nature of crime committed (both by and against ethnic minorities). The book ends by discussing policy issues, and explores the options open in seeking to combat discrimination on racial grounds within the criminal justice system following the findings of the Lawrence Inquiry.


  • Although specialist studies have appeared and there have been general texts containing chapter length summaries of the area, there is no up to date textbook on this important theme.
  • The authors are acknowledged authorities in this area.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - From Scarman to Lawrence: Racism, Crime and Justice 1979-99
2. Thinking about Racism, Crime and Justice
3. Victimisation and Racist Victimisation
4. 'Race' and Crime
5. Policing
6. Prosecution and Sentencing
7. Prison and Probation
8. Criminal Justice Practitioners
9. Conclusion Suggestions for Further Reading

Back Cover

 LONGMAN CRIMINOLOGY SERIES  Series editor Tim Newburn Racism, Crime and Justice  This authoritative new textbook is the first to offer a comprehensive critical analysis of racism and the criminal justice process from crime and victimisation to policing, punishment and probation. Criminological research and official statistics produced by the Home Office, police, courts and prisons are closely examined and are balanced by documentary accounts published by minority community organisations and the experiences of practitioners in the criminal justice system. The conclusion critically examines New Labour's crime control polices and argues that 'zero tolerance', the 'culture of control' and 'institutional racism' will intensify injustice and the criminalisation of ethnic minority communities in Britain. Racism, Crime and Justice is suitable for use by undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in law, criminology, criminal justice and police studies. It is also suitable for use on sociology, social policy, and social science degrees and on interdisciplinary courses specialising in racism, ethnicity and social exclusion.

Ben Bowling

is a Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice at King's College, London. Previously he was Senior Research Officer in the Home Office, Lecturer in Criminology at Cambridge University and Visiting Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. He has published widely in the fields of crime, policing and the study of racism and ethnicity. His study of crack cocaine, crime and policing in New York won him the Radzinowicz memorial prize for the best article in the British Journal of Criminology.


Coretta Phillips

is a Lecturer in Social Policy at the London School of Economics having previously been Principal Research Officer in the Home Office and Assistant Professor at the School of Criminal Justice, State University of New Jersey, Rutgers. She has published in the fields of crime prevention, racist violence, and criminal justice and racism. Her publications include Multiple Victimisation (1992), Reducing Repeat Victimisation (1995), and Entry into the Criminal Justice System (1998).

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Reader Review(s)

..the..text is a fine addition to the catalogue of contemporary criminology. It is written in a style that is accessible to lay readers as well as students of the discipline, and should be required reading for policy-makers operating in the fields of policing and criminal justice. Runnymede's Quarterly Bulletin, No.331, September 2002