Ethics: Racial Discrimination in Criminal Justice

Disparity in the treatment of people accused of crimes in the United States is statistically undeniable. Chapter 4 in your text discusses the concept of institutionalized racism and the video Black Death in Dixie: Racism and the Death Penalty in the United States (Links to an external site.) explores the premise that the death penalty targets minorities (Nelson & King, 2007). In this discussion, examine the moral implications for the criminal justice system if disparities in searches, arrests, and incarceration sentences continue to be skewed due to race. Provide at least two moral strategies to help combat this current event issue.

Text

Banks, C. (2016). Criminal justice ethics: Theory and practice (4th ed.). Retrieved from https://content.uagc.edu

Multimedia

Makio, L. (Producer). (2010). Treat terrorists like enemy combatants, not criminals: A debate (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://secure.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?token=58315&aid=18596&plt=FOD&loid=0&w=420&h=315&fWidth=440&fHeight=365

Nelson, G. (Director), & King, P. (Executive producer). (2007). Black death in Dixie: Racism and the death penalty in the United States (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://secure.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?token=39112&aid=18596&plt=FOD&loid=0&w=420&h=315&fWidth=440&fHeight=365

Recommended Resources

Article

Thomas, G. C., III. (2011). Criminal trials as morality plays: Good and evil  Download Criminal trials as morality plays: Good and evilSt. Louis University Law Journal, 55(4), 1405-1432. Retrieved from http://www.slu.edu/school-of-law-home/academics/journals/slu-law-journal

Supplemental Material

Hicks, W. (2015). CRJ524 professional resources list  Download CRJ524 professional resources list. Retrieved from https://bridgepoint.equella.ecollege.com/curriculum/file/78ce1060-b8b0-4666-8a12-ecc460da8d1b/1/CRJ524_Professional Resources List.docx