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.
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.
Race, Ethnicity and Corrections
Examine ethnic, racial and gender overrepresentation of American correctional populations.
Understand the issue of racial discrimination in the application of the death penalty.
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.
The Police and Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Examine public opinion about the police, comparing the attitudes of Whites, African Americans and Hispanics.
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.
Race, Ethnicity and the Courts
Understand considerations of race and ethnicity by prosecutors in pretrial decision making and plea bargaining practices.
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.
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.
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