Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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392 pages
6 x 9 inches
January 2000
Print ISBN: 9781551301648


This volume examines racism within the process of criminal justice. In every society criminal justice plays a key role establishing social control and maintaining the hegemony of the dominant economic classes. The contributors to this anthology argue that the differential treatment of people of colour and First Nations peoples is due to systemic racism within all levels of the criminal justice system, which serves these dominant classes. Ideological and cultural changes are preconditions for the success of anti-racist policies and practices within the criminal justice system and within other state institutions. Recommendations for transformations in justice policy and practice are provided.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Canadian Criminal Justice: An Introduction, Curt Griffiths and Simon Verdun-Jones
Chapter 2: The Color of Crime: External and Internal Images, Katheryn K. Russell
Chapter 3: Racism in Justice: Perceptions, Commission on Systemic Racism in the Ontario Criminal Justice System
Chapter 4: Racial Discrimination and the Law: An International Perspective, Brian Burtch
Chapter 5: Kids, Cops, and Colour: The Social Organization of Police-Minority Youth Relations, Robynne Neugebauer
Chapter 6: First Nations Peoples and Law Enforcement: Community Perspectives on Police Response, Robynne Neugebauer
Chapter 7: Police Accountability and Black People: Into the Future, Eugene McLaughlin
Chapter 8: African Americans in Policing, Kenneth J. Peak
Chapter 9: Police and the Public, Dennis Forcese
Chapter 10: Policing and Aboriginal Justice, Jim Harding
Chapter 11: The Roles and Responsibilities of Aboriginal Women: Reclaiming Justice, Patricia Monture-Angus
Chapter 12: Self Government and Criminal Justice: Issues and Realities, Carol La Prairie
Chapter 13: Anti-Racist Directions in Probation Practice and Training, David Denney
Chapter 14: Further Travails of Canada’s Human Rights Record: The Marshall Case, M.E. Turpel/Aki-Kwe
Chapter 15: Canadian Correctional Policy and Native Inmates: The Control of Social Dynamite, Marianne O.

Chapter 16: Black People and the Criminal Law: Rhetoric and Reality, Paul Gordon

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