We will discuss historical and current laws and policies that oppress minorities through the criminal justice system. Working up to present day from the 13th Amendment abolition of slavery, through reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we will discuss the various strategies that have been used to oppress minorities through the criminal justice system.

The workshop will also discuss real life present day cases that demonstrate the vast amounts of discretion that authorities in the criminal justice system hold and how that discretion has been exercised with obvious racism. Our presenter will also cover what the Lawndale Christian Legal Center does to combat these realities.

This was the second of four workshops presented at Legacy Conference 2016 for the Community Development Track.

Photo courtesy of jkbeitz.

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