Synopses & Reviews
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.
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.
• Provides historical context for controversial modern criminal justice practices that disproportionately impact African Americans today
• Gathers and analyzes historical and contemporary criminal justice cases which have had a significant impact on race relations in America
• Covers three centuries of racialized criminal law and criminal justice practice
• 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