Cultural Diversity In Criminal Justice – cja423 (3 credits)

This course offers a comprehensive, critical and balanced examination of the issues of crime and justice with respect to race and ethnicity. Procedures and policy in a pluralistic and multicultural society are examined relative to law enforcement, courts and corrections environments.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

The Police and Racial and Ethnic Minorities

  • Identify specific concerns relative to policing particular ethnic communities.
  • Examine racial and ethnic disparity and discrimination in police use of force, detentions, searches and seizures.
  • Understand officer attitudes, police corruption and citizen complaints relative to race and ethnicity.
  • Discuss police employment practices and the law of employment discrimination.
  • Examine public opinion about the police, comparing the attitudes of Whites, African Americans and Hispanics.

Race, Ethnicity and the Courts

  • Examine disparity and discrimination in bail proceedings and appointment of counsel.
  • Explore issues of race and ethnicity in jury selection, trial arguments to the jury and jury nullification.
  • Identify explanations for racial disparities in sentencing and effects of sentencing discrimination.
  • Understand considerations of race and ethnicity by prosecutors in pretrial decision making and plea bargaining practices.

Race, Ethnicity and Corrections

  • Understand the issue of racial discrimination in the application of the death penalty.
  • Examine ethnic, racial and gender overrepresentation of American correctional populations.

Race, Ethnicity, Social Structure and Crime

  • Define race, ethnicity, disparities and discrimination.
  • Examine racial and ethnic categories in the statistical data reported by criminal justice agencies in the United States.
  • Understand explanations for disparity and causes of discrimination.
  • Analyze the relationship between race, ethnicity, social structure and crime.

Contemporary Cultural Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice

  • Examine contemporary issues raising disparity and discrimination of racial and ethnic minorities in the Criminal Justice System.
  • Debate the efficacy of jury nullification when premised on race and ethnicity considerations.
  • Debate whether the Criminal Justice System discriminates against racial and ethnic minorities.

Victims and Offenders

  • Examine the relationship between the police and racial and ethnic minority youth.
  • Compare victimization and offender rates for racial and ethic minorities to the rates for whites.
  • Examine the role of ethnic youth gangs and the occurrence of hate crimes in the United States.

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