Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work

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The New Press, 2003 - Political Science - 303 pages
Why racial profiling is not just wrong, but ineffective too. Racial profilingas practiced by police officers, highway troopers, and customs officialsis one of America's most explosive public issues. But even as protest against the practice has swelled, police forces and others across the country continue to argue that profiling is an effective crime-fighting tool. In Profiles in Injustice, David Harrisdescribed by the Seattle Times as "America's leading authority on racial profiling"dismantles those arguments, drawing on a wealth of newly available statistics to show convincingly that profiling is not only morally and legally wrong, but also startlingly ineffectual at preventing crime or apprehending criminals. A new chapter considers how the events of September 11 have recast the racial profiling issue, tipping public opinion in favor of the policy as a tool in fighting terrorism.

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Harris is a law professor at the University of Toledo and a Soror Senior Justice Fellow who has written widely on racial profiling, stop and frisk, and other Fourth Amendment issues. In this monograph ... Read full review


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David A. Harris is Balk Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law, and a Soros Senior Justice Fellow. He lives in Ohio.

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