Profiles in Injustice

Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work

Why racial profiling is not just wrong but ineffective too

Racial profiling—as practiced by police officers, highway troopers, and customs officials—is one of America’s most explosive public issues. But even as protest against the practice has swelled, police forces and others across the country continue to argue that profiling is an effective crime-fighting tool. In Profiles in Injustice, David Harris—described by the Seattle Times as “America’s leading authority on racial profiling”—dismantles those arguments, drawing on a wealth of newly available statistics to show convincingly that profiling is not only morally and legally wrong, but also startlingly ineffectual at preventing crime or apprehending criminals.

A new chapter considers how the events of September 11 have recast the racial profiling issue, tipping public opinion in favor of the policy as a tool in fighting terrorism.


“Harris makes his case powerfully in this well-reasoned and easily understood work. Important and timely reading for criminal justice professionals and students and for those interested in law-enforcement policy.”
Library Journal
“Should be required reading for every police officer in the nation. ”
Sunday Star-Ledger (Newark)
“If Profiles in Injustice does not persuade readers about the pernicious effects of these practices, then no amount of evidence can.”
The Christian Science Monitor

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