Bibliographic Details

Misdemeanorland : criminal courts and social control in an age of Broken Windows policing / Isssa Kohler-Hausmann.

Author / Creator Kohler-Hausmann, Issa, author.
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2018]
Description xii, 308 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Language English
Subject Criminal justice, Administration of -- New York (State) -- New York.
Social control -- New York (State) -- New York.
Criminal justice, Administration of.
Social control.
New York (State) -- New York.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record
Varying Form of Title Cover title Mis demeanor land
ISBN 069117430X
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-303) and index.
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Felony crimes have plummeted in the City of New York since 1990. Felony arrests have also declined. But subfelony offenses tell a different story. Arrests for misdemeanor offenses (potentially less than one year in jail) have remained steady for whites. But for Hispanics and blacks, arrests have risen sharply higher than whites over 28 years. What's behind this disparity? In a pioneering analysis of misdemeanor arrests, Kohler-Hausmann (Yale) sheds lots of light. She draws from data of the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services and other data troves. Additionally, field research includes interviews with "court actors": judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, court staff, and the arrested. Those arrested for the first time or two might get a pass. With increasing occurrences, the apprehended are "marked" or indexed into the criminal justice system. They face lengthy procedural hassles, a "ceremony of degradation." In lieu of or in addition to jail time, those who take a plea might be managed through programs. Jury trials on misdemeanor charges are rare. The author concludes that justice in "Misdemeanorland" is racist and handicaps the poor. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Robert D. McCrie, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

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