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Trust Toward the Criminal Justice System Among Swedish Roma: A Mixed-Methodology Approach
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Criminology (KR).
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS).
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM).
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Unit for Police Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5375-0065
2023 (English)In: Race and Justice, E-ISSN 2153-3687, ISSN 2153-3687, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 207-230, article id 2153368720930405Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Minority populations' trust toward the criminal justice system is understudied in many parts of Europe, including Sweden. This article will contribute to this field by examining the trust in the criminal justice system among the Roma community in Sweden. The aim of the study was to (1) estimate the Roma community's trust toward the criminal justice system, (2) examine what factors influence the community's trust toward the criminal justice system, and (3) analyze whether trust toward the authorities influences the Roma community's willingness to report victimization. The study used a mixed-methodology design in combining survey data (n = 610) with in-depth interviews (N = 30). The findings show that the respondents have a low level of trust in the criminal justice system authorities. According to the regression analysis, the strongest predictor of trust was shown to be explained by the respondent's perception of procedural unfairness. Qualitative findings supported these results while also highlighting cultural effects and historical processes that explain the community's lack of trust. Finally, trust in the authorities seems to be an important factor that influences crime reporting.

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Sage Publications, 2023. Vol. 13, no 2, p. 207-230, article id 2153368720930405
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criminal justice system, trust, police, minority, Roma
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-17755DOI: 10.1177/2153368720930405ISI: 000538102700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85085943376OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-17755DiVA, id: diva2:1454011
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