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Crime Statistics

5. Ethnicity and Criminal Justice

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In this lecture, we think about how ethnicity affects experiences of crime and criminal justice, focusing in particular on: (i) the extent to which black and other minority ethnic communities are disproportionately the victims of crime; (ii) the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the criticisms of the Metropolitan Police included in the Macpherson Report; (iii) the extent to which one's race impacts one's likelihood to be stopped and searched, especially in London; and (iv) the concept of procedural justice theory, and the negative impacts of people feeling they have been treated unfairly.


In this course, Dr Stephanie Fohring (Northumbria University) provides an introduction to crime statistics. In the first lecture, we think about the subjective nature of crime, and the strengths and limitations of quantitative data (e.g. crime statistics) and qualitative data (e.g. in-depth interviews), respectively. In the second lecture, we think about some of the sources of crime statistics in the UK, particularly police-recorded crime statistics and crime and victimisation surveys. In the third lecture, we consider why there is such a big difference in these two sources of crime statistics – the so-called 'dark figure of crime'. Next, we think about why sexual offences have such so reporting and recording rates. In the fifth and final lecture, we consider how ethnicity affects experiences of crime and criminal justice.


Dr Stephanie Fohring in Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Northumbria University. Her research is victim-focused with particular interest in psychological aspects of victimisation, victimisation surveys, victim labelling, victim experiences of reporting crime and the criminal justice system, violence against women, vicarious trauma and post-traumatic growth.

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Fohring, S. (2021, August 23). Crime Statistics - Ethnicity and Criminal Justice [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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