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Black Women’s Experiences of Criminal Justice

Race, Gender and Class: A Discourse on Disadvantage

by Ruth Chigwada-Bailey


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SECOND EDITION: Black Women’s Experiences of Criminal Justice focuses on the multiple hazards of discrimination due to race, gender and class – faced by black women in contact with the criminal justice process of England and Wales. This extensively updated and revised second edition includes substantial information about developments since that time. The text which includes accounts of black women prisoners and other black people concerning their treatment by and impressions of ‘the system’ – has become key reading for practitioners and students alike.


‘This book was core text when a student some 20 years ago. As a new lecturer I wanted to see if it was as relevant now as then. Although dated it is a book that should be on the reading lists of all criminology and sociology courses’: Kate Bramford, University of Worcester.


Ruth Chigwada-Bailey is an independent consultant criminologist and a former lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London and is well-known in the UK and abroad as a commentator on issues affecting black women, notably in relation to criminal justice. As indicated in the book she considers that – if the often adverse outcomes of the interaction of race, gender, class and criminal justice is to be taken seriously – there is a need not simply for sound information but to ‘make things happen’.


Extract from the Foreword to the First Edition by Sylvia Denman CBE and a New Introduction by the author, together with extensively revised and extended chapters from the original work:

  • A Combination of Forces
  • Voices Unheard
  • Police and Black Women
  • Probation and Black Women
  • Experience of the Courts
  • Beatrice’s Case (an account of one black woman’s perceptions of her arrest, trial and imprisonment)
  • Black Women and Imprisonment
  • Hopes and Ambitions
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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Weight460 g
Dimensions234 × 156 × 17 mm


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