A stereotype may be negative or positive, but even positive stereotypes present two problems: They are clichs and they present a human being as far more simple and uniform than any human being actually is. Nancy Kress (Ferrier, 2017)
This last unit will explore existential bias in society and in the workplace, as it relates to identified minority groups. Using the most recently identified FBI training manual, specific biases are identified and discussed. Criminal justice workplaces must accommodate diverse groups of people as witnesses, victims, suspects, employees, citizens, and as colleagues in the public safety workplace. Senior management must ensure that appropriate work-related policies are writtenand enforcedto ensure that constitutional protections are safeguarded.
This unit also looks at differences between prejudice and discrimination in a post-9/11 era. The freedom and practice of religion is a constitutional right in the United States, and it includes all minority religious groups. Religious stereotypes are presented and considered under the protective umbrella of the Constitution. In all cases, criminal justice personnel are required to make decisions and take actions that are based on the legal requirements and not on stereotypical prejudgments.
When you are done with this unit, you will be able to discuss the following:
Bias and implicit bias
Bias-based motives in criminal justice
Minority religious groups and constitutional rights
Ferrier, M. (2017). Stereotypes. Retrieved from http://georgeireton.com/stereotypes
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.
Using the library, Internet, or any other available materials for adequate, accurate, and relevant support, address your position on this controversial issue.
Propose 2 strategies for dealing with law enforcement subculture and racial profiling.
One strategy is to be from an ethical perspective and the other should be in terms of keeping societal opinion from making significant changes in the functioning of systems and society as a whole.