Dr. Muzammil Quraishi discusses the history and practice of recording the race/ethnicity of criminal perpetrators. He points out the significant overrepresentation of ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system, then outlines the different theories that seek to explain this.
Dr. James Hunter discusses using quantitative analysis of crime data to answer the question, "Who commits crime?" In his research, Hunter looked at the crime statistics of different areas and compared them with the reported ethnicity of the offenders.
Professor Lee Ross discusses racial disparities and the prison industrial complex. He highlights the theoretical underpinnings of the major critiques of race in the criminal justice system. He also traces the development of the prison industrial complex in the years since the Civil War.
Professor Claire Renzetti discusses the field of gender and crime, which encompasses how gender interacts with crime perpetration and victimization. Researchers have found that the motivation for crime differs depending on gender. Renzetti highlights issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, intersectionality, and sex trafficking.
Dr. Melanie Holland discusses the theories and research into race and sentencing disparities. She explains the two primary theories regarding disparities and highlights the factors that increase disparities.