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Vol 23 No 1 Jan/Feb 2018

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Race and Drug Trials

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Anita Kalunta-CrumptonUniversity of Plymouth

ISBN13: 9781840143966
ISBN: 1840143967
Published: December 2000
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This text sets out to address the influence of the courts on the over representation of black people in the criminal figures by adopting an approach which gives prominence to the beginning and end of a case prior to sentencing. Studies of race and sentencing represent the greatest part of research in this area and have focused on why black people are disproportionately represented in the prison population whilst ignoring the social processes of the courts that lead to sentencing. The book aims to point out that the trial process plays a vital role in determining the production of the popular quantitiative studies of race and sentencing, it presents the court system as non-mechanical by adopting an approach which locates the study within a theoretical context of social construction.

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Part 1 The background: the problem of disproportion - the debate; drugs, response and race; social construction and claims-making - theory and methods.
Part 2 The substance: establishing guilt; defending the defendant; in response - the judge; the verdict.