Eliminating Bias in the Criminal Justice System

 Eliminating Bias in the Criminal Justice SystemTime and time again, today’s media shares troubling tales of the divide between law enforcement and the African American population here within the United States. As the tensions have risen, the American Bar Association and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund have joined forces to issue a call to action on eliminating bias in the criminal justice system.

The joint statement released earlier this month addresses the skepticism of the American people regarding the lack of integrity within our criminal justice system and demands we within the legal profession work to eliminate the racial bias undermining that integrity.

With this crisis of confidence ensuing, the ABA and NAACP called for a wide array of provisions, including the following:

  • More complete and comprehensive data collection on interactions between law enforcement and citizens, and more transparency from prosecutors’ offices on the use of prosecutorial discretion.
  • More training and assistance for all members of the justice system on the problems that can occur from real or perceived bias.
  • Promotion of dialogue about the criminal justice process between representatives of the judiciary, law enforcement and prosecutors, defenders and defense counsel, probation and parole officers and community organizations as well the community.
  • More accountability and quicker response to issues that arise.
  • A better understanding of the collateral consequences of convictions and the damage they can inflict on individuals who have paid their debt to society.

For additional information regarding the recent announcement, view the complete ABA press release.

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
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