May 18, 2024  
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CRJ 426 - Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal (In)Justice? (3)

The United States has historically linked race and ethnicity to crime and justice. While public perceptions and media images reinforce the notion that most criminals are racial/ethnic minorities, research consistently documents that the average criminal is white. Much theory and research, moreover, paints a picture of the U.S. criminal justice system that is plagued by racism and discrimination. In this course, students will be exposed to credible evidence on connections between race/ethnicity/immigration and crime/justice. Students will also examine contemporary policy issues such as mass incarceration and over-policing of ethnic and racial minorities and then challenge popular and historical misperceptions, such as how crime is a “black problem,” that being a racial/ethnic minority predisposes people toward criminality, how people convicted of crime have only themselves to blame, or that we have done enough already to our criminal justice system to ensure fair and just treatment for all.



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