This assignment is designed to recognize and evaluate your understanding of the material covered in this
module. Your work will be assessed for demonstrated critical thinking, analytical and communication skills.
Read the instructions carefully and present your response in a clear and organized fashion. For grading
criteria, please consult the rubric for this assignment.
• How can it be argued that, since Reconstruction, the criminal law has been defined and used against racial or
• What is meant by the oft-heard phrase “systemic racism”?
• Does what you have studied in this module about the history of and practices in the criminal justice system
support the claim that it is riddled with systemic racism? Provide a well-reasoned response to this question,
citing references from the primary course texts The New Jim Crow and Race and Crime as well as information
from the other course materials to support your arguments.
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