Cultural Paper

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Cultural Considerations

In this paper the author will examine and assess the culture concerns and influences in today’s society along with the mixed culture as it directly relates to the effect it has on the criminal justice system. The author will address how does the concerns of the culture effect justice and security administration and practices, contemporary methods used in societies with mixed cultures, how do these influences relate and affect nondiscrimination practices, and if the famous criminal justice historian Sir Robert Peels nine principles to organize a police department were presented today would these methods and theories work.

To begin this paper the author would have the reader look at some of the culture concerns
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The term ‘culture’ has evolved over time and continues to be used to describe various aspects of people such as farming, the arts, high society as well as traditions and ideological beliefs amongst different nationalities and social groups. Culture is always present whether it is in courtrooms or in the mass media. It can be defined in various ways, hidden or highlighted, attributed to some people and not others.

According to the Webster’s New College Dictionary culture is defined as 1.) The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought typical of a population or community at a given time. 2.) A style of social and artistic expressions peculiar to a class or society. 3.) The predominating attitudes and behavior that characterize a group or organization. (Webster’s New College Dictionary) Culture directly affects the justice system and its administration practices because in some areas in the United States for example you might have a large population of blacks, whites, Arabs, Latino or Hispanics in a particular neighborhood and it is common knowledge that people are more comfortable with dealing with people of the same race and ethnicity. This writer believes when you have suchlike areas is places more pressure on the justice administration to make sure in those areas they are represented by that same race or ethnicity. When you have a police department that is not

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