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Social Change and Criminal Justice

A recent event has caused uproar in demands for law enforcement to be attentive to activities that could lead to terrorism or gang activity. Race has been a source of controversy because of the stereotypes and labels put on individuals from certain races and religious backgrounds.

Opinions about issues in society are often the catalyst for the foundations of social change. The combined opinions of all individuals determine society's position on an issue. Because criminal justice professionals have a first-hand view of the individuals who will be affected by the change, it is particularly crucial that they develop and advocate a position on an issue.

What is your position on the controversial issue? Propose 2 strategies for dealing with law enforcement subculture and racial profiling: one from an ethical perspective and the other in terms of keeping societal opinion from making significant changes in the functioning of systems and society as a whole.

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The discretion criminal justice personnel has in arresting, choosing to prosecute, and investigating dictates that they play a crucial role in formulating the opinions of individuals in society regarding issues of criminality or terrorism. Therefore, your summation that the opinions of society as catalysts for social change is correct, but with inaccurate and disproportionate police practices this opinion can and has led to negative consequences in social change. Because of the racial profiling of Muslim Americans and other minorities the social conscience of the public has posited that certain groups should be monitored by the police simply because they could be a criminal or have terrorist intentions.

Because of this ability to sway public opinion either negatively or positively in support of social change that is a step forward or backwards, police must implement community policing policies that facilitate cooperation with the communities suffering from racial profiling by their departments. Community policing is characterized by departments that take an active role in the communities they police, and by becoming invested in the community practice better more ethical policing. ...

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This solution discusses law enforcement and the judicial systems discretion in arresting, prosecuting and investigating criminal cases. As a result, racial profiling as a police practice can play a role in formulating individual opinions in society about the appropriateness for this type of stereotyping. Community policing reflects police that form relationships with the public in the communities they police. Professional policing provides for the concept of highly educated officers trained in transformational leadership and analytical and ethical decision making. This solution is 732 words.