I need help writing a legal policy memorandum to the district court judge addressing the controversial issue of obtaining a fair cross section of jurors to serve on a jury. Address the following critical elements:
1. Issue Presented: Summarize the issue in the form of a brief one-sentence question.
2. Short Answer: Provide a short answer which summarizes the conclusion of the memorandum.
3. Statement of Facts: Describe how the issue may negatively affect public perception of the criminal justice system.
4. Discussion: Provide a brief discussion of the issue, including the recent history of the issue and any legal precedents related to it.
5. Conclusion: Provide a conclusion based on the details of the issue outlined in the Discussion section.
a) What recommendations should be in place to make sure that the jury pool contains a fair cross section of the community?
b) What are types of evidence-based practices can be employed to have people of lower socioeconomic status more willing to serve on a jury?
c) Based on your analysis of the issue using conflict theory, what are the best practices to ensure random selection of individuals to serve on a jury?
d) Address what the impact of this issue is on the criminal justice system. Are more organizations than only courts affected by this? Include examples of the impact on the different branches of the criminal justice system.
Be sure to include references. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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TO: District Court Judge
DATE: April 3, 2016
SUBJECT: Getting a fair cross section of jurors to serve on jury.
How can the court ensure that it has obtained a fair cross section of jurors to serve on the jury?
The court must ensure that no "distinctive" group is excluded in the community, the representation of distinctive groups is fair in regard to the number of persons belonging to such a group, and there is no systematic exclusion in the selection process.
Statement of Facts: This issue may negatively affect public perception of the criminal justice system if a fair cross section of the community is not represented in the jury. The negative effect will be that the criminal justice system will be perceived to be partial and biased (b). The public perception may even be that the jury is prejudiced, discriminatory, and unfair. ...
This solution explains issues relating to jury Fair Cross-Section Requirement. The sources used are also included in the solution.