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Affirmative Action Legistaltion
A look at some problems associated with Affirmative Action legislation.
# 148992 | 732 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 17, 2011 in African-American Studies (Racism) , Hot Topics (Affirmative Action)

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This paper discusses several issues with the passage of federal affirmative action legislation, which has been referred to as the criminal justice administrator's "worst nightmare." First, the paper gives an overview of affirmative actions and cites the original intent of this program. Various experts on affirmative action and their viewpoints are quoted. Then, the paper defines the different types of affirmative action. The paper then describes the role of criminal justice administrators, who serve the purpose of assisting companies in ensuring that they are adhering to the established affirmative action guidelines. The remainder of the paper addresses the many issues and red tape encountered by these administrators, particularly noting the consequences of their giving incorrect guidance.


Affirmative Action and Criminal Justice Administrators

From the Paper:

"Ideally affirmative action entails reviewing the applicants who are equally qualified and choosing the candidate that best reflects the composition of the community when compared to the employees that already work for the company. Cronkhite explains that "affirmative action guidelines are not meant to force the hiring of unqualified employees just because they are of a protected class (minorities and females). Affirmative action is meant to guide agencies in making amends for the discriminating practices that were present in our country since its inception (Cronkhite, 245)."
"In addition there are three primary types of affirmative action including opportunity enhancement, equal opportunity, tie break and strong preferential treatment. Affirmative Action programs associated with opportunity enhancement are associated with recruitment for certain jobs (Harrison et al, 2006). Certain groups are targeted and given the opportunity to train and perhaps be hired by certain firms."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cronkhite C. L. (2007) Criminal Justice Administration: Strategies for the 21st Century Jones & Bartlett Publishers
  • Harrison, D. A. Kravitz, D. A., David M. M., Leslie, L.M., Lev-Arey D. (2006). Understanding Attitudes Toward Affirmative Action Programs in Employment: Summary and Meta-Analysis of 35 Years of Research. Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 91, No. 5, 1013-1036
  • Sherlund, A., Sellers, R., Mueller, B., & Crosby, F. (2001). Attitudes toward affirmative action as a function of racial identity among African- American college students. Political Psychology, 22, 759-774.
  • Swim, J. K., & Miller, D. L. (1999). White guilt: Its antecedents and consequences for attitudes toward affirmative action. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25, 500-514.

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