The Ethics of Criminalisation: Intentions and Consequences

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The pursuit of racial justice and equality within the United States remains mired in contradiction, contention, and largely symbolic intervention. This chapter presents such remedies should prioritize a more deliberative understanding of representation, viewing participatory parity in crime control as a practice of racial justice. The pursuit of equal racial and ethnic group representation within the ranks of legal and law enforcement authorities is long-standing and widespread. The effort to achieve freedom and equality in the US by black American and other racial and ethnic groups has prioritized inclusion among arbiters of justice. An absence of societies organized by principles of deliberative racial justice compels us to imagine what such a world would look like, a task for which political philosophy is well suited. Racially democratic control envisions participatory parity within and across all deliberative milieus of crime control, with emphasis on substantive racial and ethnic group inclusion in this communicative democracy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics
EditorsJonathan Jacobs, Jonathan Jackson
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781315885933
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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