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  1. Contemporary Cultural Diversity Issues Team A: Jose Elias Joseph Mass Jorge Rivera-Navarro

  2. The criminal justice system’s response to the public’s perception of ethnic and gender bias. • Why is the public’s perception important? • Employment • Constitutional Rights • Public Order (Protests, Movements, Riots) • Family Your logo here

  3. Ethnic and Gender Bias continued…. Which parts of the system were/are affected and why? • Police Departments • Courts System (Attorneys, Jury, Judge) • Corrections Your logo here

  4. Ethnic and Gender Bias continued…. How are the issues being addressed? • Application Process • Training • Research What is being accomplished? • Equality • Understanding • Financial Your logo here

  5. Aurora Police Department • December 2012 U.S. Department of Justice started investigation for having low minority numbers • Almost 85% of the force is white in a 40% minority community. • City was tasked to determine why the numbers were low and assigned department heads to look else where to improve them. • Revisited recruiting techniques. Your logo here

  6. Arguments for the contention that the criminal justice system discriminates against racial and ethnic minority groups. • Past and present displays racial minorities as being treated unfair and unjust • African Americans and Hispanics accusing law enforcement officers of racial profiling • Rights being violated Your logo here

  7. Criminal Justice System Discriminating? • Majority of minority groups are arrested for minor violations • Criminal justice system incarcerates minorities at a higher rate • Minorities do not always receive adequate legal representation Your logo here

  8. Arguments Against That The CJS Discriminates Racial/Ethnic • Statistics prove that members of minority groups are more likely to be involved in criminal acts • 1990 analysis of more than 11,000 recently convicted criminals in California • Research demonstrates that decisions throughout the justice systems are based mainly on the seriousness of the crime, the amount of legal evidence proving guilt that is available, and the prior criminal record of the suspect, defendant, or inmate. • Crime has to do more with poverty that with race

  9. Continued…. • In 1993 a Justice Department study tracked the experience of more than 10,000 accused felons in America's 75 largest cities found that black defendants fared better than their white counterparts—66% of black defendants were actually prosecuted, versus 69% of white defendants. Among those prosecuted, 75% of blacks were convicted, as compared to 78% of whites

  10. Contemporary Issues.. • A new study by Sonja Starr, an assistant law professor at the University of Michigan, found that men are given much higher sentences than women convicted of the same crimes in federal court. • Kerry Trotter, 20, African American Male, numerous arrest

  11. References • Gurman, S. (2012r, December 4). Aurora Police Department Aurora Police Department struggling to improve minority numbers . The Denver Post. Retrieved from http://www.denverpost.com/frontpag e /ci_22118636?source=rss Your logo here