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Toth, R. C., Crews, G. A., & Burton, C. E. (2008). In the margins: Special populations and American justice. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
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Week One: Race, Ethnicity, Social Structure, and Crime
Victims and Offenders
Define race, ethnicity, disparities, and discrimination. 1.2
Examine racial and ethnic categories in the statistical data reported by criminal justice agencies in the United States. 1.3
Understand explanations for disparity and causes of discrimination. 1.4
Analyze the relationship between race, ethnicity, social structure, and crime. 1.5
Compare victimization and offender rates for racial and ethic minorities to the rates for Whites. 1.6
Examine the role of ethnic youth gangs and the occurrence of hate crimes in the United States. 1.7
Examine the relationship between the police and racial and ethnic minority youth.
Read Ch. 1 & 2 of Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System. Read Ch. 3, 5 & 14 of Investigating Difference.
Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
Participation and Discussion Questions.
Please be prepared to participate and discuss the following questions: •
What racial or ethnic stereotypes did you learn as a child? Which stereotypes, if any, do you still hold today?
How do you differentiate between a stereotype and a cultural characteristic? How do you determine this differentiation?
Do you have a strategy for dealing with stereotypes concerning the cultural group you belong to? Has this strategy been successful?
Learning Team Instructions
Resources: Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Choose a topic below for your panel discussion concerning the dynamics of race, the police, and the community Attain faculty approval.
Racial profiling by police
Influence of police leadership on racial disparity and discrimination •
Effect of police brutality on ethnic minority victims, family, and community •
Response of government officials to racial and ethnic issues
Consider using the Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, which is located under the Article Databases—Specialized section in the University Library, as a source for your articles. Use the Quick Search function to locate articles on your topic.
Review 3 to 5 articles pertaining to your topic.
Begin to work on your Panel Discussion Presentation, due in Week Two.
Disparity and Discrimination Essay
Write a 700- to 1,050-word essay in which you compare and contrast the terms disparity and discrimination as they relate to the criminal justice system.
Support your discussion with examples from law enforcement practices, court procedures, corrections populations, or all three.
Format your essay consistent with APA guidelines. You should have at least three references.
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