Race in the Jury Box: Affirmative Action in Jury Selection

SUNY Press
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Discusses race-conscious jury selection and highlights
strategies for achieving racially mixed juries.

Race in the Jury Box

focuses on the racially unrepresentative jury as one of the remaining barriers
to racial equality and a recurring source of controversy in American life.
Because members of minority groups remain underrepresented on juries, various
communities have tried race-conscious jury selection, termed "affirmative jury
selection." The authors argue that affirmative jury selection can insure
fairness, verdict legitimization, and public confidence in the justice system.
This book offers a critical analysis and systematic examination of possible
applications of race-based jury selection, examining the public perception of
these measures and their constitutionality. The authors make use of court cases,
their own experiences as jury consultants, and jury research, as well as
statistical surveys and analysis. The work concludes with the presentation of
four strategies for affirmative jury selection.

“Not only do the authors
point out (and address) the lack of research concerning affirmative jury
selection procedures, but they also unabashedly call for immediate consideration
and necessity of reform.” — Criminal Justice Review

“…Race in
the Jury Box
is an impressively argued book that should find a place on the
bookshelf of anyone concerned with the American jury and with racial justice in
America today. Fukurai and Krooth are among the most innovative and creative
jury researchers today; … [they] not only advance new ideas, but also provide
evidence that these ideas can work.” — Justice System

"This is a one-of-a-kind book. In addition to its focus on
race, its findings have direct policy relevance. It tackles a very important set
of issues within the legal/jurisprudence and social science literatures and an
important public policy debate—the causes and consequences of racial exclusion
in juries and possible remedies for the problem." — Darnell F. Hawkins, editor
of Ethnicity, Race, and Crime: Perspectives Across Time and Place
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About the author

Hiroshi Fukurai is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Richard Krooth is Visiting Scholar of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley and teaches International Studies at Golden Gate University. They are the coauthors of Common Destiny: Japan and the United States in the Global Age and (with Edgar W. Butler) of Race and the Jury: Racial Disenfranchisement and the Search for Justice.
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Feb 1, 2012
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