Assignment: Race Ethnicity and Justice

Assignment: Race Ethnicity and Justice

Assignment: Race Ethnicity and Justice

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Criminal Justice Policy: Race, Ethnicity and Justice : The assignment is to write a paper over Race, Ethnicity and Justice for my criminal justice policy course. This is an extremely broad topic so please narrow it down in some way. Some examples of ways to narrow it down include choosing a specific court case that deals with race and ethnicity (United States v. Armstrong or Batson v. Kentucky) and go in depth on this case to talk about the outcome and why it is important.

Criminal Justice Policy: Race, Ethnicity and Justice

Other ways to narrow down this topic include choosing ONE of the following prompts:

1.) Is the criminal justice system in the US (or in other nations as well) racist, or are we dealing with a few individual racists who happen to work in the system? Explain your answer
2.) Provide some reasons why movements such as Black Lives Matter emerge.
3.) Will sentencing guidelines (and/or parole guidelines) solve one of the major problems of racial disparity in the criminal justice system? Why or why not?
4.) Will anything, short of eliminating the death penalty, reduce the racial disparity that seems inherent in capital punishment? Explain.

These are just examples and you do not have to choose to write about any of the prompts. If you have a different idea or something particular you would like to write about that pertains to race and ethnicity in criminal justice then feel free to write about it. If you do choose one of the prompts, please write the prompt as the title

Also, the number of sources is not strict. You can have any number of sources in between 1 and 6

Assignment Policies



Please read all of the information about the assignments below:


The assignments are to be done in Microsoft Word with Times New Roman 12- point font. Each assignment should use the modified APA 6th edition format. The assignment templates are set up in this modified format. The reference page should be in the APA format for every reference. The word requirement for the assignments are specifically stated in the guidelines of the assignment. The word count is from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion paragraph. FYI.


1- There should be a cited reference for each section of a paper as there are conclusion statements in each section (to meet the grading criteria) so the conclusion should be supported by a reference as the assignments are evidence-based research, clinical papers.

2- Word Count- The word count is done from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion. The word count must be within the minimum and maximum word limit stated in the assignment instructions. A 10% – point reduction will be made in the total points for the assignment.

Week 1 and 5 assignments should have SIX studies. Week 5 assignment is a compilation of sections from the week 1, 2 & 3 assignments.

Weeks 2 and 3 need to have at least THREE studies in the form of research studies. Please make sure that you look at the instructions for the assignment as well as the grading rubric. I have also provided templates for ALL assignments. It is in your best interest to use these as it will guide you so that you do not make common formatting errors.


Please utilize the resources in the STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER if you have difficulty with APA 6th Edition format, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation or tense structure.


Always submit the assignment in the drop box for that assignment. I cannot accept any assignment as an attachment to an email sent to my college email. Attaching it to a posting to the Questions to Instructor Forum or the Individual Forum is also not accepted.

I cannot grade any assignment unless it is placed into the drop box by the student per university policy.

Turn-It-In / Lopes Write

This is to be used for the assignments for these three weeks (2, 3 & 5) and it is NOT required for Week 1. All assignments will be placed through Turn It In first and then submitted in the drop box on the course shell. No assignments will be accepted as attachments to emails as this is not the university policy.

Grading Rubric-

The rubric for each assignment is found in the upper right- hand corner of the assignment page under the Forum Tab. Compare the requirements of the rubric with your paper prior to submission into the drop box so you will receive full credit for all graded criteria of the paper.

Late Assignment-

Any assignment that is late will have 10% deducted each day it is late. This is a 5- week class. It is imperative that you ask for help if you are having difficulty with an assignment.

You need to contact me as soon as possible if an assignment will be late prior to the submission deadline.