Relying on a multidisciplinary framework of inquiry and critical perspective, this edited volume addresses the unique experiences of Black males within various stages of contact in the criminal justice system. It provides a comprehensive overview of the administration of justice, mental and physical health issues faced by Black males, and reintegration into society after system involvement.
Recent events—including but by no means limited to the shootings of unarmed Black men by police in Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore; Minneapolis; and Chicago—have highlighted the disproportionate likelihood of young Black males to encounter the criminal justice system. Black Males and the Criminal Justice System provides a theoretical and empirical review of the need for an intersectional understanding of Black male experiences and outcomes within the criminal justice system. The intersectional approach, which posits that outcomes of societal experiences are determined by the way the interconnected identities of individuals are perceived and responded to by others, is key to recognizing the various forms of oppression that Black males experience, and the impact these experiences have on them and their families.
This book is intended for students and scholars in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, race/ethnic studies, legal studies, psychology, and African American Studies, and will serve as a reference for researchers who wish to utilize a progressive theoretical approach to study social control, policing, and the criminal justice system.
By examining the plight of black males as perennial victims of state violence, this excellent collection of essays serves as a corrective for the often racist and iconic image of the black male as incorrigible criminal.
Darnell F. Hawkins, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago
These outstanding editors and brilliant authors of Black Males in the CriminalJustice System provide a definitive and compelling examination of the historical andcontemporary challenges for Black males in the most draconian carceral system inthe world. Few texts on the intersection of Black males and the criminal justicesystem illuminate such a comprehensive interdisciplinary sociological,
criminological, public health, social work, public policy and social justice approach to analyze structural violence, disproportionate minority contact, collateral consequences and life outcomes among Black men involved in the criminal justice system. I congratulate and applaud Drs. Williams and Kniffey for their incredibly sophisticated analysis of the most pressing civil and human rights issue for Black males in the 21st century.
Joseph B. Richardson, Jr., PhD, Professor, University of Maryland College Park
Chapter 1. Laying the Foundation of Punishment Against Black Males
By Liza Chowdhury, Ph.D. and Rashanna Butler
Chapter 2. Black Males and their Experiences with Policing under the "Iconic Ghetto" in Ferguson, MO.
By Jason M. Williams, Ph.D.
Chapter 3. From Savages to Super-Predators: Race, Lynching, and The Persistence of Colonial Violence
By Darryl Barthe, PhD
Chapter 4. Perceptions of Black Male Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System
By Ray V. Robertson, Ph.D. and Cassandra Chaney, Ph.D.
Chapter 5. Black Males and Courts
By Crystal S. Collier, Psy.D.
Chapter 6. Prison Health and Black Males
By LaTrelle D. Jackson, PhD and Danielle Graddick, MA, PsyM
Chapter 7. Black male mental health and prison
By Christopher St. Vil, Ph.D., MSW
Chapter 8. Failures of Reintegration and the Return to Prison
By Sean Wilson, Ph.D.
Chapter 9. The Racial Politics and Policies of Reentry
By Calvin Smiley
Chapter 10. Institutionalized Mental Trauma and Generational Transmission
By Steven D Kniffley Jr., PsyD, MPA, ABPP