This ground-breaking textbook engages readers in conversation about responding to the effects of diversity within formal criminal justice systems in Westernized nation-states. Moving past a binary concept of diversity that involves only race and gender, this book elaborates upon a wide variety of other forms of diversity, including sexuality, disability, mental health, gendered identity, refugees, the young and the ageing, and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) peoples, with an awareness of how intersecting identities make some people more vulnerable than others.

With reported statistics providing only a snapshot of the incongruent experiences of diverse minorities in contact with criminal justice systems, there is a clear need for nuanced training and accessible information regarding diversity in criminal justice. The book examines diversity in terms of both criminal justice agents and justice-involved individuals such as people in prison, those convicted of crimes, the victimized, and the community. This volume brings together a group of international scholars to articulate on each of the identified populations, examining the effect of culture and diversity on criminal justice outcomes and outlining how those diverse perspectives can improve criminal justice service delivery overall.

Incorporating case studies, reflections, and activity questions, this book is a valuable resource for courses in criminology, criminal justice, corrections, and law enforcement, and is ideal for any program focusing on multiculturalism and diversity in criminal justice. Scholars, researchers, and professionals will also benefit from the analysis.


Section 1 – Understanding Culture, Diversity, ad Criminal Justice

Chapter 1: Introduction to Culture, Diversity, and Criminal Justice
Alex Workman, Ranya Kaddour, and Patricia M. Griffin

Chapter 2: Trauma-Informed Practices: The Need for Cultural Safety in Criminal Justice
Tinashe Dune, Alex Workman, Patricia M. Griffin, and Ranya Kaddour

Section 2 – Culturally Diverse People

Chapter 3: Indigenous people
Krystal Lockwood, Rachel Stringfellow, Stephen Corporal, and Sally Weidle

Chapter 4: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)
Rashmi Pithavadian and Meghna Bhat

Chapter 5: Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Mary Hilmi, Katarzyna Olcoń, and Melissa Phillips

Chapter 6: People with Disabilities, Chronic Disease, and Illness
Anita Eseosa Ogbeide, Ranya Kaddour, and Lydia Kaki Ocansey

Chapter 7: Mental Health
Bill Walsh, Jeffrey Czarnec, and Charles Turcker Jr.

Chapter 8: Gender and Sexuality Diverse People
Alex Workman, Matthew Ball, and Tinashe Dune

Chapter 9: Women
Jane Townsley, Ellie Lenawarungu, and Samantha Burton

Chapter 10: Men
Darren Stocker, Charles James Kocher, Robert Lindblom, and John McGuire

Chapter 11: The Elderly
Lacey Schaefer and Emily Moir

Chapter 12: The Young
Angelica Ojinnaka, Leah Maree, Annalise Zareba, and Asheka Jackson

Section 3 – Toward a Culturally Safe Justice System

Chapter 13: Intersectionality: The Way Forward for Culture, Diversity, and Criminology within Criminal Justice Systems
Ranya Kaddour, Alex Workman, and Patricia. M Griffin