Race, Ethnicity And Gender

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Diversity is increasing in the western countries rapidly, hence it leads to discrimination in race, ethnicity and gender. The question that arises is about fairness, appropriateness and equality between among races and ethnicities. The paper is focused determining whether offenders are discriminated because their race in parole decision making process. Parole is permanently or temporarily release from prison or from offender’s sentence. There are three types of parole releases: discretionary release, mandatory and unconditional release. The primary focus will be on discretionary release and what factors come to play when board members make a decision for a parole. There is no definite evidence that there is racism in parole because the results of the studies are complex. However, racial inequality exists throughout the justice system. Racial inequality exists in the process of the parole decision making because a race is discriminated when looking at the legal criteria for parole, assessing future risks to protect the community and when the system experiences overcrowding. Parole officers are responsible for establishing whether an inmate is ready for a release and deciding the conditions of the release (Huebner and Bynum 2008: 908). Parole decisions making process are provided with guidelines when making a decision. The parole officers focus various characteristics of the offender are looked as such as age, ethnicity, history, participation programs, risk recidivism and
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