First published in 1999, this book offers an innovative study of the impact that courts have upon the representation of black people in criminal statistics in the UK. In the past, research in this area has focused on sentencing and upon why black people are disproportionately represented in the prison population. Such studies have, however, overlooked the potential significance of discrimination in the pre-sentence social processes of the courts. Anita Kalunta-Crumpton adopts a new approach which examines the progress of cases prior to sentencing. Her book also locates the courts within a theoretical context of social construction. It thus, unlike earlier quantitative studies, represents the court system as non-mechanical. In this way 'Race and Drug Trials' exposes the vital role that the trial process plays in the apparent racialization of 'justice’.

The volume is part of a series which brings together research from a range of disciplines including criminology, cultural studies and applied social sciences, focusing on experiences of ethnic, gender and class relations. In particular, the series examines the treatment of marginalised groups within the social systems for criminal justice, education, health, employment and welfare.

part 1|71 pages

The Background

chapter 1|21 pages

The Problem of Disproportion: The Debate

chapter 2|31 pages

Drugs, Response and Race

part 2|136 pages

The Substance

chapter 4|55 pages

Establishing Guilt

chapter 5|27 pages

Defending the Defendant

chapter 6|40 pages

In Response: The Judge

chapter 7|13 pages

The Verdict