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UOPX Racial and Ethnic Background of Criminal Offenders Paper

Imagine this scenario: You are a city official for your local community, and you have been chosen to work with the summer criminal justice internship program. This program has different activities for the interns to engage in, and you have been asked to lead the diversity portion. For each week of the program, you will research and share information on race, ethnicity, and crime based on the local area.

This week, you will research data related to the racial and ethnic background of criminal offenders and victims to share with the interns. Understanding the racial and ethnic demographics within your own community will help the interns gain a better understanding of diversity in criminal justice.

Use the “Explore data by location and data set” section on the FBI’s Crime Data Explorer website, and research crime, victim, and arrest data by race in your home state. Use the following instructions to navigate to the information on that page:

  • Click the “All Data Collections” drop-down menu. 
  • Select Crime.
  • Select your home state from the United States map below the menu.
  • Review the crime data that populates for your home state.
  • Click the “All Data Collections” drop-down menu again.
  • Select Arrest.
  • Select your home state from the United States map below the menu.
  • Review the arrest data that populates for your home state.

Select 2 criminal justice agencies to compare for this assignment.

To research the 2 criminal justice agencies that you selected:

  • Access “Criminal Victimization, 2019” on the Bureau of Justice Statistics website data on crime victimization, and review the breakdown of victims by race and ethnicity.
  • Locate the 2 criminal justice agencies’ demographic breakdown data on their local websites. For example, if 1 of your selected agencies was the Mesa Police Department, you would use the Police Employee Demographics & Community Profile Summary from the City of Mesa website.
  • Select all violent crimes under crime type and compare victims’ and offenders’ racial and ethnic breakdown as reported by the 2 criminal justice agencies you have selected.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you: 

  • Describe which 2 criminal justice agencies you selected and each agency’s staff demographic.
  • Compare racial and ethnic arrest data between the 2 local criminal justice agencies that you selected over a 10-year span.
  • Identify the difference between the 2 related to the race and ethnicity of those arrested. 
  • Explain how this information helps illustrate the disparity of criminal offenders and victims.
  • Examine the key conclusions that can be drawn regarding the question of whether different racial and ethnic groups are overrepresented among criminal offenders.
  • Use the concept from your text to explain the racial and ethnic differences in offending.


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