Title

Hunting for "Dirtbags” Why Cops over-police the poor and racial minorities

Author, Researcher, or Creator

Lori Beth Way

Department

Unknown

Author(s)

Lori Beth Way

Resource Type

Other

Publication Date

2013

Brief Description

This ethnographic study, which includes participant observation research and in-depth interviews with police officers in a major California city and a large East Coast city, explores how police officers use their discretionary time on the job--and the consequences. Providing highly textured insights into police discretion, the authors show that America's "tough on crime" approach to justice has too often proved to be a smoke screen for controlling people deemed undesirable, rather than a genuinely effective strategy for reducing crime.

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