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Cultural diversity issues cja 344


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Cultural diversity issues cja 344

  1. 1. Contemporary Cultural Diversity Issues In Criminal Justice By: Mimi Harvill, KJ Eberle, Jesse Palmer, & David Nettles
  2. 2. AGENDA • Review the criminal justice system’s response to public perception • Discuss whether the criminal justice system discriminates • A contemporary issue or event related to each of the two topics to support your arguments
  3. 3. PUBLIC’S PERCEPTION Factors contributing to public perception: •Professional Discourse •Economic Impact •Psychological Aspects •Mass Media
  4. 4. RESPONSE TO PUBLIC PERCEPTION Actions taken: •Federal task forces to monitor race based sentencing •States task forces ensuring racial and gender fairness •Florida- Standing Committee on Fairness & Diversity
  5. 5. FOR DISCRIMINATION Hartford, Connecticut Police Department • Hiring Minorities • Filling in the gap • Public perception Building stronger ties between the agency and the community
  6. 6. AGAINST DISCRIMINATION Equality for hiring • Age, race, gender • Background should not have grounds • Performance
  7. 7. CONTEMPORARY EXAMPLES Brian Nichols 33 years old and 6 feet tall (Montaldo) Cynthia Hall 51 years old and 5-foot-2 inches tall (UPI)
  8. 8. CONTEMPORARY EXAMPLES Plaid Shirt neimanmarcus 7 for Mankind Jeans neimanmarcus
  9. 9. AFRICAN AMERICANS AND DISCRIMINATION • Criminal Justice System as a whole (Agree or Disagree) • Individual people within the criminal justice system (Agree or Disagree)
  10. 10. QUESTIONS?
  11. 11. REFERENCES Dobryninas, A., Giedraitis, V., & Cesniene, I. (2012). On Perceptions of Criminal Justice in Society1. Sociologija : Mintis ir Veiksmas, 31(2), 222- 238,285-286. Retrieved from Fox News. (2005, March 29). Affirmative Action Has Mixed Results for Cops . Retrieved from Fox News:,2933,151748,00.html#ixzz2S3NVGukg Matyszczyk, C. (2013, April 27). Undercover cops' devious new method to stop iPhone theft . Retrieved from CNET: 57581748-71/undercover-cops-devious-new-method-to-stop-iphone-theft/ Montaldo, C. (n.d.). Brian Nichols: Atlanta Courthouse Killer. Retrieved May 1, 2013, from Crime/Punishment: National Center for State Courts. (2012). Gender and Racial Fairness. Retrieved from and-Racial-Fairness/State-Links.aspx Neiman Marcus. (n.d.). Shopping. Retrieved May 1, 2013, from Neiman Marcus: UPI. (2008, September 22). Judge rejects delay appeal in Nichols case. Retrieved from UPI: delay-appeal-in-Nichols-case/UPI-74751222100843/ Tangel, W. A. (2013). The Police Chief Magazine. Retrieved from