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Race, Crime and Criminal Justice in Britain

  • Bankole A. Cole
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Abstract

The racial composition of Britain has become significantly diversified in recent years, a trend that has accelerated since the expansion of the European Union (EU). The relaxation of border controls between the United Kingdom and new EU countries has led to an influx of other white ethnicities into the country, principally as migrant workers. In addition, deteriorating political situations in countries all around the world have led to further influxes of peoples into the country as refugees and asylum seekers. This chapter looks at the importance of ‘race’ in the discussion of crime and victimisation in Britain, focusing on the three countries that constitute Great Britain, namely Scotland, England and Wales. (Northern Ireland is not discussed in the chapter — it is a country outside Britain but within the United Kingdom.) The intention of the chapter is not to racialise crime and victimisation but to explore the role that ‘race’ has on offending and victimisation rates in Britain. The question is whether ‘race’ is the most important variable in white and non-white involvement in the criminal justice system in Britain or whether there are other competing or even more significant factors.

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Criminal Justice System Violent Crime Asylum Seeker Criminal Justice Agency Scottish Executive 
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  • Bankole A. Cole
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  1. 1.University of Northumbria in NewcastleUK

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