CJA344 wk1Summary

The criminal justice system in the United States is sometimes perceived as biased when it comes to multiculturalism. Allegations of prejudice and discrimination are often at the forefront of the disparity between how different racial and ethnic groups and social classes are represented within the criminal justice system. Some of the terms learned were:


·         Race

·         Ethnicity

·         Disparity

·         Discrimination

·         Criminal justice data

·         Conflict theory

·         Social strain theory


Discussion of a Key Point, Thread, or Objective


The history of gangs in communities influences the criminal justice system. For instance, the Hispanic community has experienced exploitation of low-paid farm labor camps, government infiltration of community activist groups, massive cuts in social programs, Vietnam veterans returning to the poorest communities, underemployement and unemployment, and deterioration of educational conditions, which fostered an environment for street gangs (Rodriguez, 2005).

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