New Book by UFLaw Professor Discusses How Race, Racism Impact Criminal Justice System

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A new book by University of Florida Levin College of Law Professor Katheryn Russell-Brown now in national distribution argues that “underground codes” used to discuss crime and race subtly connects Blackness with deviance, thus reinforcing stereotypes of crime and criminality.

Underground Codes – Race, Crime and Related Fires by Russell-Brown, director of the law school’s Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, is published by New York University Press. Chapters address such topics as racial profiling, police brutality, Black protectionism, American Indians and justice, Black women and the criminal justice system and the “over-hyped discourse about gansta rap and law breaking.”

“Both public discussion and empirical research indicate there are many issues involving crime and race that are overlooked, misunderstood and falsely linked,” Russell-Brown said. “It is vital we continue our analysis of the connection between crime and race and reconsider how this relationship is fostered, explicitly and tacitly.”

Russell-Brown’s first book, The Color of Crime, was published in 1998 and highly acclaimed for its discussion of racial hoaxes. Underground Codes…tackles a variety of race and crime issues, including victimization rates for Native Americans – among the highest of any racial group.

The author taught criminology at the University of Maryland for 11 years, was on the faculty at American University and City University of New York law schools and at Howard and Alabama State universities. She received her undergraduate degree from University of California-Berkeley, her law degree from UC-Hastings, and a Ph.D. in criminology at Maryland. She joined the UF law school faculty in 2003.

Contact information and interviews: Professor Russell-Brown’s office phone: 352.392.2225
eMail: RussellBrownK@law.ufl.edu

Published: February 18th, 2004

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