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Race and Crime

Race and Crime

Fifth Edition
  • Shaun L. Gabbidon - Pennsylvania State Univeristy Harrisburg
  • Helen Taylor Greene - Texas Southern University, USA, University of Texas at Arlington, USA, Old Dominion University, USA, North Carolina Central University, USA, University of Tampa, USA, University of Maryland at College Park, USA, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL

September 2018 | 488 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

“This is a great tool that provides not only historical perspective but also incorporates additional resources to help expand the student’s ability to understand an issue and implications stemming from it.”

—Robbin Day Brooks,—Arizona State University

Written by two of the most prominent criminologists in the field, Race and Crime, Fifth Edition takes an incisive look at the intersection of race, ethnicity and the criminal justice system. Authors Shaun L. Gabbidon and Helen Taylor Greene offer students a panoramic perspective of race and crime by expertly balancing historical context with modern data and research in thought-provoking discussions of contemporary issues. Accessible and reader-friendly, this comprehensive text illuminates the continued importance of race and ethnicity in all aspects of the administration of justice.

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • “Both Sides of the Debate” boxes encourage student engagement and critical thinking  as they explore both sides of controversial issues, such as: school shootings; the "Model Minority" label; affluenza; eliminating peremptory challenges; President Trump’s judicial appointments; the underreporting of hate crimes; the increase of opioid use among black Americans; and expanding the death penalty for opioid dealers.
  • Extensive updates around policing provides a foundational understanding of important issues, such as: policing and the use of force; the Black Lives Matter movement; the Blue Lives Matter movement; the need for diversity in law enforcement; traffic stops; and the connection between immigration and policing.
  • Key court rulings are included along with updated discussions of racial disparities in plea bargains, backstrikes of potential jurors, wrongful convictions, and intersectionality in death penalty decisions.
  • Important topics such as life after prison and the impact of felony disenfranchisement on minorities help contextualize the discussion of corrections.
  • Updated data tables such as crime and victimization trends, hate crime incidents, and juvenile crime/victimization put the study of race and crime in complete context.
  • Discussions of the Trump Administration’s policies capture the current state of crime and justice policies in the United States.
  • Updated data tables such as crime and victimization trends, hate crime incidents, and juvenile crime/victimization put the study of race and crime in complete context for students.

Instructors, sign in to the password-protected Instructor Site at for access to a Microsoft® Word test bank, chapter activities, SAGE journal articles, and more!

CHAPTER 1. Overview of Race and Crime
Race, DNA, Criminal Justice Databases, and Civil Rights Concerns

Race, Ethnicity, and the U.S. Population in 2015

Race, Ethnicity, and Population Trends

Prejudice, Discrimination, and Implicit Bias

Historical Antecedents of Race and Crime in America

CHAPTER 2. Extent of Crime and Victimization
History of Crime and Victimization Statistics in the United States

The Uniform Crime Reporting Program

Victimization Surveys

Limitations of Arrest and Victimization Data

Arrest Trends

Victimization Trends

CHAPTER 3. Theoretical Perspectives on Race and Crime
What Is Theory?

Biology, Race, and Crime

Sociological Explanations

Collective Efficacy

Culture Conflict Theory

Strain or Anomie Theory

General Strain Theory

Subcultural Theory

Conflict Theory

The Colonial Model

Integrated and Nontraditional Theories on Race and Crime

CHAPTER 4. Policing
Polling Data

Overview of Policing in America

Historical Overview of Race and Policing

Contemporary Issues in Race and Policing

CHAPTER 5. Courts
Overview of American Courts: Actors and Processes

Historical Overview of Race and the Courts in America

Contemporary Issues in Race and the Courts

Scholarship on Race/Ethnicity, Bail, and Pretrial Release

Drug Courts

CHAPTER 6. Sentencing
Sentencing Philosophies

Historical Overview of Race and Sentencing

Contemporary Issues in Race and Sentencing

CHAPTER 7. The Death Penalty
Historical Overview of Race and the Death Penalty

Significant Death Penalty Cases

Current Statistics on the Death Penalty

Scholarship on Race and the Death Penalty

Public Opinion and the Death Penalty

Contemporary Issues in Race and the Death Penalty

CHAPTER 8. Corrections
Overview of American Corrections

Historical Overview of Race and Corrections

Contemporary State of Corrections

Contemporary Issues in Race and Corrections

CHAPTER 9. Juvenile Justice
Overview of Juvenile Justice

Historical Overview of Race and Juvenile Justice

Race, Juvenile Crime, and Victimization

Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice


“This is a great tool that provides not only historical perspective but also incorporates additional resources to help expand the student’s ability to understand an issue and implications stemming from it.”

Robbin Day Brooks, MSW, CPP
Arizona State University’s School of Criminology & Criminal Justice

“I would describe this text as effective! It covers the material in a comprehensive manner, and also provides great support through quality data tables. It is reasonably priced and easy for students to utilize and understand. I feel it is of super quality for undergraduate criminal justice courses focused on the topic.”

Katy Cathcart
University of Colorado—Colorado Springs

“The text is very informational, well-researched, and organized. The illustrations and tables are phenomenal and the topic of race and crime is highlighted in detail by the information.”

Damon J. Bullock
Western New Mexico University

“This text is a thorough examination of race and its relation to criminal justice decision-making. From the historical roots of slavery to the handling of juvenile criminality, this text touches upon all of the important issues. Besides supplementing the course with topical discussions that are more sociological than criminal justice-oriented, this is the only book you need to effectively and efficiently teach a Race and Crime class.”

Dr. Patrick McGrain
Gwynedd Mercy University

“Gabbidon and Greene’s text shows and explains racial disparities in the criminal justice process through the lens of history and shows how history plays a role in contemporary issues still facing our criminal justice system.”

Mari B. Pierce
Penn State University Beaver

Race and Crime seem has more updated information.

Professor Connie Morris
Criminal Justice Prog, University Of Nebraska
October 8, 2022

Content & Resources

Availability of Spark Lectures and other video and lessons that uses contemporary issues to assist instructors deliver and students to comprehend concepts.

Professor Suzanne Thibault
Social Sciences, Quincy College-Quincy
October 13, 2021

Shaun Gabbidon

Shaun L. Gabbidon is Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. He earned his PhD in Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gabbidon has served as a fellow at Harvard University’s W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research and as an adjunct faculty member in the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of interest include race and crime, criminal justice and criminology pedagogy, and private security.  Professor Gabbidon is the author of more than 100 scholarly publications, including 60 peer-reviewed articles and 11... More About Author

Helen Taylor Greene

Helen Taylor Greene is Professor of Administration of Justice in the Barbara Jordan–Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs (SPA) at Texas Southern University (TSU). She completed her BS in Sociology at Howard University, her MS in the Administration of Justice at American University, and both her MA in Political Science and PhD in Criminology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her areas of research include race and crime, juvenile justice, and policing. She has authored and co-authored books, has peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has served as lead editor for the Encyclopedia of Race and Crime (2009).  More About Author

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ISBN: 9781544334233