Group dynamics, communication, and social interaction | Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice


Please include one or two in-text citation of the book for this class:

McNamara, R. H., & Burns, R. (2009). Multiculturalism in the criminal justice system. New

York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 

Cite one or two more reliable sources.

APA Format

Please read Chapter 2 and respond to the following Critical Thinking Questions. You will also respond to 2 of your peers:

Discuss how those who enter the courtroom as “innocent until proven guilty” may not be recognized as such. Identify and discuss the five characteristics of a group. Would you consider the member of a football team a group? Why or why not? How is assimilation different from multiculturalism? Do you believe multiculturalism is more prominent within society than assimilation? Why or why not? Describe the verbal communication process and note how miscommunication occurs. Describe the similarities between the “typical criminal” and the “symbolic assailant.” Do you believe it is effective police practice for officers to identify individuals as threats based on demographic profiles? Do you believe it is fair for officers to do so?

When responding to a student’s post, be sure to use and address the following:

Terms and Definitions from the chapter

Information from each section referencing the five characteristics of a group, assimilation, and the “symbolic assailant.”

Demographic Profiles

Your responses should reach beyond a simple “I agree with what you are saying.” Please use the following to begin your post when responding to your peers:

“I learned from you that..”

“I appreciated how you explained….”