Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice
The race problem in the American criminal justice system endures because of the enabling behavior of the public and of policy makers. The tendency of racial justice advocates to point the finger of blame chiefly at law enforcement, or racial conservatives, or the war on drugs, or any other single entity is misguided. Whether the problem is defined in terms of minority overrepresentation in the criminal justice system or in terms of the differential treatment minorities receive while entangled within the criminal process, a critical mass of citizens and policy makers that care enough to demand something be done about it is lacking. The Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice is the story of how racial concerns are consistently ignored in the national crime-policy process and why.