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Police & Diversity

March 20, 2016 | Author: | Posted in criminology, law

Police Diversity

One of the most neglected areas of study in criminological research has been the relationship of crime and minorities or minority groups within society . There are a number of reasons for this omission . The most common is the relatively low numbers involved to make such research practical . This work goes against the grain in traditional criminology by examining criminality as it relates to those minority communities that are most conspicuous in Florida . The objective of this examination is to explore pertinent dimensions of criminal involvement of minorities and to [banner_entry_middle]

create greater interest and promote future research in this understudied area of criminology . The extent and nature of crime committed by ethnic minority groups reflects wide variation . For instance , blacks have disproportionately high rates of arrest and conviction , particularly for serious crimes , whereas Indians and Orientals have disproportionately low rates . The work will focus on some theoretical propositions that seek to explain criminal involvement of minorities . But first we need to analyze statistically the dimensions of the criminality of minorities . The primary data source in which the bulk of what we know about the incidence of criminality among minorities is gathered from official statistics

Because minority is a term that is at once associated with a variety of groups and subgroups , it is necessary to clarify definition of minority that applies throughout this work . The dictionary defines minority as (1 ) a number forming less than half the in race , ethnic , or religious background from the majority of the population . A more appropriate definition of minorities was given by Robin Williams , Jr

Minorities . are any culturally or physically distinctive and self-conscious social aggregates , with hereditary membership and a high degree of endogamy , which are subject to political , or economic , or social discrimination by a dominant segment of an environing political society (Darnell 2003

Essentially there are three primary minority groups in Florida whose distinctive physical appearance and /or migration here has been marred by subordination , subjugation , exploitation , racism , discrimination , and socioeconomic disadvantage and , as a result , has placed an enormous burden on their propensity and vulnerability to become victims and /or offenders of crime : Blacks , Indians , and Orientals

The most useful official data pertaining to minorities and criminality are the number of persons arrested for a certain crime as recorded by police agencies . It is important to note that these figures do not measure the actual number of individuals taken into custody , since a person may be arrested more than once during a year for the same or different offenses . Is it true that minorities commit more crime than whites

Official statistics for 2005 show that whites were arrested substantially more often than any other racial-ethnic group , followed by blacks , Indians , and Orientals (see appendix . The percentage distribution needs some clarification , however . Whites , who represent approximately 80 percent of the Florida population , accounted for only 71 .7 percent of the nation ‘s 2005 arrests . Conversely , Blacks are arrested much more often in relation to their 12 percent representation in the… [banner_entry_footer]

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