"It is important that the author does not just point out that race plays a pivotal part in the American criminal justice system, but he offers possible solutions toward making the criminal justice system live up to ideas of a race value-neutral system that guarantees fundamental fairness and justice for all Americans, specifically African Americans. . . . This book should give undergraduate students an overall understanding of racial issues in the criminal justice system that negatively affect African Americans."
Criminal Justice Review
"Early in the 21st century, race continues to be a disturbingly significant criminal justice variable. Free has brought together 14 articles by criminologists exploring the race variable as illustrated by the case of African Americans . . . this volume offers valuable information and insights bearing on one of the principal enduring challenges confronting the U.S. criminal justice system—addressing more successfully the long, pernicious legacy of racism. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."
"This volume is a noteworthy addition to the race and crime literature. While many of the chosen topics have been discussed elsewhere, several of the chapters break new ground. Particularly illuminating are the chapters that cover: racial characteristics of television offenders and victims, racial profiling, race and presentencing decisions, the myth of black juror nullification, and the underrepresentation of African Americans in hate crime victimization research. Any serious student of race and crime should take the time to read this important collection." (Dr. Shaun L. Gabbidon, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Coordinator of Criminal Justice Programs, Pennsylvania State University, Capital College)