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Shadows of doubt : stereotypes, crime, and the pursuit of justice / Brendan O'Flaherty, Rajiv Sethi.

Author/Creator:
O'Flaherty, Brendan author.
Publication:
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2019.
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Book
xi, 372 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Subjects:
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- United States.
Stereotypes (Social psychology) -- United States.
Discrimination -- United States.
Discrimination in law enforcement -- United States.
Discrimination.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration.
Discrimination in law enforcement.
Stereotypes (Social psychology).
United States.
Summary:
If you're a robber, how do you choose your victims? As a police officer, how afraid are you of the young man you're about to arrest? As a judge, do you think the suspect in front of you will show up in court if released from pretrial detention? As a juror, does the defendant seem guilty to you? Your answers may depend on the stereotypes you hold, and the stereotypes you believe others hold. In this provocative, pioneering book, economists Brendan O'Flaherty and Rajiv Sethi explore how stereotypes can shape the ways crimes unfold and how they contaminate the justice system through far more insidious, pervasive, and surprising paths than we have previously imagined. Crime and punishment occur under extreme uncertainty. Offenders, victims, police officers, judges, and jurors make high-stakes decisions with limited information, under severe time pressure. With compelling stories and extensive data on how people act as they try to commit, prevent, or punish crimes, O'Flaherty and Sethi reveal the extent to which we rely on stereotypes as shortcuts in our decision making. Sometimes it's simple: Robbers tend to target those they stereotype as being more compliant. Other interactions display a complex and sometimes tragic interplay of assumptions: "If he thinks I'm dangerous, he might shoot. I'll shoot first." Shadows of Doubt shows how deeply stereotypes are implicated in the most controversial criminal justice issues of our time, and how a clearer understanding of their effects can guide us toward a more just society.-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Stereotypes
Crime
Robbery
Murder
Public action
Police stops
Use of force
Lethal force
Testimony
Judgment
Punishment
Justice
Conclusion: Hope.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Sethi, Rajiv, 1963- author.
ISBN:
9780674976597
0674976592
OCLC:
1059256428