Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice

2530 Words Aug 6th, 2013 11 Pages
Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice The diversity issue focused on in this paper will be racial disparity in sentencing. This paper will also focus on some of the reasons why racial disparity exists within sentencing. One of the research methods used in this paper will be case studies. In society today there are a diversity of citizens, of offenders, and leaders within in the court system. However, race still plays a big role in the Criminal Justice system especially during the sentencing portion. Although racial dynamics may have changed over time, race still exerts an undeniable presence in sentencing process. This ranges from disparate traffic stops due to racial profiling to imposition of the death penalty based on the race of …show more content…
It offers concrete strategies and proposals to reverse racial disparities and move our society towards full equity, Cultural Diversity 3 Inclusion and dignity for all people.” Having fairness and unity in our communities would be very nice because everyone would be treated equal. Another thing is that sometimes people are treated less than equal because of the racial, ethnic, or gender group to which they belong. When people are treated unfairly it can have a negative impact on the way they view the world, which is sad because they did not make themselves.
People in society need to realize that people did not make their selves and that the person the color they are is not their fault either. Back to racial disparity, there are four reasons to why racial disparity continues to flourish. These reasons are: prosecutorial discretion, ineffective assistance of council, and procedural bars, venue, and jury selection, as well as potential racism by jurors. According to ( Tabak, 1999) “these reasons apply in cases in which the death penalty may be sought.” When illustrating the use of prosecutorial discretion two crime types that can be compared, include white collar crime and street crime. When people commit a white collar crime the sentence imposed is normally lesser than the people who committed a regular street crime. Some sentencing is very unfair for instance people who cheat on their