Minority Issues in Justice Systems


Sociology 344 : Minority Issues in Justice Systems
Rhode Island College
Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur
Email: marthur AT ric DOT edu

This course considers the historical and contemporary relationships between people of color and the United States justice system. Though a broad swath of issues will be discussed, the primary focus will be on the criminal justice process, and (for reasons that will become clear during the course of the semester) the experiences of Blacks as related to criminal justice. The course will explore the racial disparities that exist in and around the justice system and various structural and institutional explanations for these disparities. Students will also gain practice in creating written work in which they draw on social scientific evidence to support arguments about the causes and consequences of disparities and the appropriate policy responses.

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