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NCJ Number: 83303 Find in a Library
Title: Leadership Skills Development Institute - Module 4 - Session 4, Part A, B and C - Selected Criminal Justice Issues and Citizen Involvement
Author(s): B Chavis
Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice
LEAA Television Branch
United States of America
Project Director: T Gavey
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr for Community Change
Washington, DC 20007
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Before an audience of community organizers, two civil rights activists (an ordained minister and a lawyer) discuss criminal justice issues that adversely affect many communities, particularly those with large minority populations, and suggest tactics for overcomming these problems.
Abstract: Reverend Ben Chavis calls for more leadership in the black community and less divisiveness among minority groups (particularly blacks and Hispanics). He suggests that religious leaders support those politicians who are devoted to liberating oppressed people and emphasizes that they are part of a world struggle. He calls for the black community and LEAA to address the growing problem of black-on-black crime and uses the 'Wilmington Ten' case, a controversial civil rights case stemming from a week of violence in North Carolina in 1971, to illustrate how the criminal justice system is manipulated to keep the poor oppressed. He points out the presence of racism in this case and the lessons to be learned from it. Chavis also notes that churches can play a role in educating the community on how to manipulate the criminal justice system for their own betterment and suggests that minority communities not be intimidated by the system. The attorney points out the discrepancies between enforcement and prosecution of street crime (of which minorities and the poor are most frequently accused), and corporate of white-collar crime. He suggests that rich corporate and white-collar criminals have a vested interest in an unchanged criminal justice system, that the legal profession and the police have too much power, and the police mentality has controlled LEAA since its inception. He suggests that community groups identify those issues that must be dealt with, that citizens select their own actors in the judicial system, and that local groups gain control over the executive branch and its agencies.
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Criminal justice system reform; Judicial discretion; Police discretion; Program planning; Racial discrimination; Sentencing disparity; White collar offenders
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. 3 videotapes, Total runnig time 2 hours 42 minutes, 1 inch - The Institute was held in Berkeley running W. Va., May 4-10, 1980. For complete set of tapes for this event, see NCJ-83281-83304.
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