Racial Bias: Conscious & Unconscious [webinar]

There is no question – racial and ethnic disparities abound in our criminal justice system. Racial bias, both conscious and unconscious, results in more people of color being stopped, arrested, convicted and imprisoned than ever before. Criminal defense lawyers and public defenders are not immune to bias and, of all people in the system, should be aware of their biases and keep them in check.



This webinar describes the comprehensive racial bias training conducted by the Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office (WSPD) over the past four years. Learn why and how the training was developed, along with details about the substance of the training and ways in which the training can be replicated in other organizations. Practical tips and strategies individual defense lawyers can use to examine their own biases will also be covered.

Presented by Gina Pruski, Director of Training and Development, Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office (Milwaukee, WI)

This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K014 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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