Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Racial Bias in the Judicial System Final Report
Group: Minnesota Judicial Branch
As you read through this report, certain recurring themes will become obvious: the need to hire more people of color throughout our court system and to ensure that those we hire, whatever color, are culturally sensitive to all the people we serve; the need to begin systematically keeping race-specific records; the need for more and better training in cultural awareness/cultural diversity, and others. The findings and recommendations give the flavor and much of the detail of what changes are being specifically called for. Taking these recommendations and turning them into complete directives, programs, or legislation is the job of the Task Force's Implementation Committee, which, under the leadership of Justice Alan Page, intends to mount a sustained effort to promote and monitor progress toward their full realization. A great part of the responsibility for effecting these changes rests with the Implementation Committee and the judiciary. The other part of the responsibility rests with people of good will across all areas of the bar, the state Legislature, law enforcement, and the general citizenry who are motivated by a strong desire to see to it that every man, woman and child in Minnesota has equal access to justice and can expect in full confidence to receive equal justice under the laws of this state. This Executive Summary includes some of the most interesting and compelling information found by the Task Force. The complete narrative, supporting data, findings and recommendations will be found organized by topic in the body of the full report.
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