Culture and Bias

  • Describe the roles of culture and bias in interpreting and conveying information

Scenario

You are working in one of the following civilian roles located in your hometown or work area, or in a nearby metropolitan area. You have recently been asked to gather a group of community members and certain sworn officials to offer a diversity training to. The training presentation will include common terminology and stereotypes, and the community members will have to identify their implicit biases.

First, select one association-sworn official from the Criminal Justice Professional Associations PDF document. Next, select one of the following civilian roles:

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  • Paralegal
  • Court Clerk
  • Victim Advocate
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Eligibility Specialist

Directions

Training

After you have chosen your civilian role and your audience of specific sets of sworn officials, follow the directions below to complete your assignment:

  1. Describe how culture impacts communications from criminal justice professionals, using appropriate terminology. You may include any videos or supplemental theories you think may be relevant.
    • Include key terminology related to cultural awareness, including:
      1. Terms related to classifications of cultures (e.g., contraculture)
      2. The difference between race and ethnicity
      3. The difference between discrimination and prejudice
    • Provide at least one example of each type—speaking and listening—when there is miscommunication.
  2. Explain how cultural stereotypes can negatively influence decision making in criminal justice settings. Include the following:
    • Three examples of stereotypes common to these defined groups and how they can be harmful when generalized and lead to poor decision making:
      1. Race
      2. Ethnicity
      3. Language ability
      4. Citizenship
      5. Religion
  3. Explain how diversity stereotypes can negatively influence decision making in criminal justice settings. Include the following:
    • Five examples of stereotypes common to these defined groups and how they can be harmful when generalized and lead to poor decision making:
      1. Socioeconomic status (SES)
      2. Gender
      3. LGBTQ+ status
      4. Age
      5. Disability (including mental disabilities)
    • A brief explanation of the history behind stereotyping one of these five diverse communities in the United States
  4. Explain how personal bias may influence speaking and listening.
    • Explain the relationship between ethnocentrism and communication issues among criminal justice professionals and the public.
    • Distinguish implicit from explicit bias.
    • Include an example from your (or another’s) examination of implicit biases.