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Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System
An examination of racial prejudices and racial bias in the criminal justice system in Canada and the reasons for this practice.
# 100312 | 1,040 words | 4 sources | APA | 2007 | US


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Description:

This paper analyzes whether Black people are mistreated by the criminal justice system in Canada and if they face discrimination from both the police and the courts. It discusses the failure of the criminal justice system to provide appropriate services to people of minority groups. The paper specifically looks at the over-representation of black people in the criminal justice system. It then attempts to analyze some of the reasons how and why Black citizens are targeted by the criminal justice system.

Table of Contents:
Introduction
Background on Black Over-representation in the Criminal Justice System
Possible Reasons Behind The Black Over-representation Trend
Arguments Against Criminal Justice System Racial Bias
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"It is difficult to know how to respond to racial prejudices in the criminal justice system, as the overrepresentation of black citizens is imbedded in socioeconomic factors which cannot be explained by discriminatory practices implicit in the criminal justice system. The most obvious solution to the problem is to have separate justice systems for people of Aboriginal descent, where most of the problems of racial discrimination in Canada lie. However, would not the existence of different courts of law for different ethnicities further encourage racial stratification in society? The solution is not an easy one, and much more research must be done on the topic before an answer is forthcoming. A number of factors must be explored before a solution is implemented, such as what the current statistics revolving around discrimination studies mean, the relationship between social and economic factors and the criminal justice system, and the impact of developing stratification between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal citizens (La Prairie, 2004, p. 277). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Denov, M. & K, Campbell, K. (2004). Wrongful Conviction in Canada. In J.V. Roberts & M. G. Grossman (Eds.), Criminal Justice in Canada: A Reader (3rd ed.) (pp. 228 - 243). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Thomson/Nelson.
  • Griffiths, C. T. (2007). Canadian Criminal Justice: A Primer. Third Edition. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Thomson/Nelson.
  • La Prairie, C. (2004). Aboriginal Overrepresentation: No Single Problem, No Simple Solution. In J.V. Roberts & M. G. Grossman (Eds.), Criminal Justice in Canada: A Reader. (3rd ed.) (pp. 269 - 279). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Thomson/Nelson.
  • Wortley, S. & McCalla, A. (2004). Bias Against Black People in the Ontario Justice System. In J.V. Roberts & M. G. Grossman (Eds.), Criminal Justice in Canada: A Reader. (3rd ed.) (pp. 212 - 227). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Thomson/Nelson.

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APA Format

Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System (2007, December 24) Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/racial-discrimination-in-the-criminal-justice-system-100312/

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