Debate whether the criminal justice system is not racist .© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 24, 2018, 8:45 pm ad1c9bdddf
1. Debate this statement: Criminal justice is not racist.
In response to the statement that criminal justice is not racist, critics would argue that our criminal laws, while facially neutral (not racist), are enforced in a manner that is massively and pervasively biased. Most would agree.
In fact, Beal (n.d.) argues that racial disparity in the criminal justice system may well be the most profound civil rights crisis facing African Americans today. Blacks have been making the accusation for decades that the nation has implemented a social policy of locking up youth of color in an ever-expanding prison industrial complex, while at the same time slashing public education programs to the bone. In fact, criminal justice racism is verified in recent studies and lend support to the loud complaint from Black and Latino communities over the years that there is a racist streak running down the back of the U.S. criminal justice system.
For example, a series of recent studies and reports show that these accusations are founded not in paranoia, but in the actual racist administration of what passes for criminal justice in this country. Beal concludes that in one critical arena - criminal justice - racial inequality is growing, not receding. They might also argue, like Beal (n.d.) that the injustices of the criminal justice system threaten to render irrelevant fifty years of hard-fought civil rights progress." In support of this is one of the conclusions in Justice on Trial: Racial Disparities in the American Criminal Justice System, a 1999 report published by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. The report confirms something that Blacks have been saying for years: that the criminalization of youth of color and the ever-expanding prison population is ...
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Criminal Justice Ethics
You have a corrections officer who has worked in the county jail for 7 years. He has been described as a dedicated, competent employee, one who is well respected by colleagues and administrators alike. However, personal problems have arisen in his life. His wife is filing for divorce, and his daughter, contrary to his wishes, is involved with a man of a different race who has been arrested on several occasions for domestic violence. On this particular day, he reports for work tired and irritable after dealing with problems at home. One 18-year-old inmate quickly begins to get on his nerves. He never stops complaining, with most of his complaints directed at the officer. Finally, after telling the inmate to "shut up or else" several times, the officer lost control and slapped him hard across the face, leaving a mark and a small cut.
The confrontation was witnessed by other inmates. This is the first time that this has happened to the officer. His supervisor sends another officer to cover his post, and he reports to the superintendent's office. He recounts the incident, concluding with "I did it, I hit him hard and deserve to be fired. Or would you let me resign? I am very sorry it happened this way." During the initial investigation, the superintendent feels confident that the officer has violated several tenets outlined in the code of ethics for public safety personnel, and he forwards his disciplinary recommendation for your review.
After completing your review of the case file, explain what you would do under these circumstances.
What codes of ethics can you identify and how might they apply to this scenario? Explain.
Would you fire the corrections officer? Why or why not?
Would you allow him to resign instead of terminating him? Why or why not?
Is there another course of action that you would consider taking? If so, explain.
Rationalize the decision you make.
How much weight, if any, should legitimately be given to his personal problems? Explain.
Do you feel that race could be a contributing factor, in light of the issue with his daughter? Why or why not?
To what extent, if any, would your decision be guided by the institution's subculture? Explain.
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