Racial Profiling and Criminal Justice

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By Close Up Foundation

Should Congress pass legislation to end the use of racial profiling in law enforcement, except in matters pertaining to national security?

“Lawmakers and activists have put forward many proposals to address concerns that minorities raise about their treatment by police officers and other officials. Several of these proposals have been gathered together at the federal level in the BALTIMORE Act of 2015. These proposals include the Police CAMERA Act, the Democracy Restoration Act, and the End Racial Profiling Act.” This lesson examines the End Racial Profiling Act of 2015.

Students complete a brief background reading, review components of the bill, and consider arguments in favor or against racial profiling. They are asked to select the strongest arguments for each side, and write about what they think of the End Racial Profiling Act, and how effective it would be.

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