Ethnicity, Crime and Justice 

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  • Ethnicity, Crime and Justice
  • Official Stats
    • Ethnicity, Crime and Justice
    • Black people make up just 2.8% of the population but  11% or the prison pop
    • Black/Asians are over represented in the system. and White people are under-represented
  • Black people make up just 2.8% of the population but  11% or the prison pop
  • Asians make up 4.7 % of the population, but 6% of the population
    • Official Stats
      • Black/Asians are over represented in the system. and White people are under-represented
  • However such stats don't tell us whether members of one ethnic group are more likely than members of another to commit the offence in the first place
    • Victim surveys
      • Alternative sources of Stats
        • In addition to stats  on those indiviuals who are invoved with the CJS we can call on 2 other imporant sources of stats- more direct light
      • These  ask individuals to say what crimes they have been victims of.
      • They rely on victims memory of events Bowling and Phillips (2002)  evidence suggests that white victims  may over identify 'Blacks'
      • Excludes the under 16s: Minority ethnic groups contain a higher proportion of young people
    • Self report studies
      • Alternative sources of Stats
        • In addition to stats  on those indiviuals who are invoved with the CJS we can call on 2 other imporant sources of stats- more direct light
      • These ask individuals to disclose crimes they have committed
    • They rely on victims memory of events Bowling and Phillips (2002)  evidence suggests that white victims  may over identify 'Blacks'
    • Graham and Bowling (1995) 2,500 people found blacks 43% and whites 44% had very similar rates of offending. While indians 30% , Pakistanis 28% and Bangladeshis 13% had much lower rates
      • Self report studies
        • These ask individuals to disclose crimes they have committed

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