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Hunting for “Dirtbags”
Why Cops Over-Police the Poor and Racial Minorities
Lori Beth Way, Ryan Patten

2013 • 208 pp. 12 Tables 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Criminology / Discrimination & Race / Poverty & Homelessness

$35.00 Paperback, 978-1-55553-813-2
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-55553-812-5

$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-55553-814-9

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An inside look at police discretionary actions and their consequences for poor communities

This ethnographic study, which includes participant observation research and in-depth interviews with police officers in a major California city and a large East Coast city, explores how police officers use their discretionary time on the job—and the consequences. Providing highly textured insights into police discretion, the authors show that America’s “tough on crime” approach to justice has too often proved to be a smoke screen for controlling people deemed undesirable, rather than a genuinely effective strategy for reducing crime.

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LORI BETH WAY is a professor in the Department of Political Science, California State University, Chico. RYAN PATTEN is an associate professor in the Criminal Justice Program, California State University, Chico.

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