Interview Prep Interview Prep Laquanda Atkins Columbia Southern University Race and Ethic

Interview Prep
Interview Prep
Laquanda Atkins
Columbia Southern University
Race and Ethic
22 November 2021
Criminal Justice 
The person I chose to interview is called Deon Smith. He is a 37-year-old white male that has been a police officer for 10years. He is a very dedicated police officer and is passionate about his work despite having already experienced a lot in his ten years of work. He has a young family with a wife and two children, and they live in a middle-class neighborhood in the city. He joined the police after failing to qualify as a marine in the military, and he chose law enforcement as it is a career that his grandfather was involved in for most of his adult life.
His wife works as an auditor, and they have an income that allows them to live comfortably. They take their children to public schools, and they have a home and two cars that they use as their family cars. The family mostly has white friends as the couple interacts with and form part of their family. Importantly, they go to church every Sunday and are serious about religion. The views that Deon Smith holds got shaped by the social circle that he lives in, and they influence the way he works as a police officer in the state.
My views are different from Deon’s primarily because of the backgrounds we got raised in and the society we interact with daily. Deon comes from a well-off family, which gave him a comfortable upbringing, and it also facilitated his character development into the person he is today. He went to a private school for part of his schooling, influencing how he viewed society. Considering the upbringing and the exposure that person has at a young age impacts how people view different problems and the solutions they offer.
Den also has different views than mine due to being a father. When a person becomes a parent, it is expected that his views towards issues change as he prioritizes taking care of his children and family as a whole. His career also influences his views. Having worked as a policeman for ten years, he has different views than mine when considering the criminal justice system and its effectiveness. The consideration checks the experiences he has had in the system himself and the stories he has had from other law enforcement officers that he has worked with other the years.
Deon is a good interview choice for several reasons. The first is that he is a person that has worked in the criminal justice system. His insights into different issues can help provide an understanding brought by first had experience. The ability to give views and cases to support those views can go a long way in helping improve the understanding that people have of the problems that affect the criminal justice system. He can also provide clear insights into what works best and which areas could be improved to help develop the system.
Deon also fits the profile of a middle-aged white person who has both modern and traditional views. The issue of race in the criminal justice system is a significant problem, with most views indicating that the criminal justice system favors white people. There are also many cases of white police officers, judges and correctional officers that commit injustices. Getting the perspective of a white officer with experience will help explain the difference between those accused and those who feel that these people commit injustices. My interview will be very productive and informative, and I am looking forward to hearing his views.
Questions for the Interview
How effective is the criminal justice system?
Which parts of the criminal justice system could be improved?
What impact does race have on the criminal justice system, and are there any challenges brought by race?
Are the correctional facilities effective in helping reform convicts?
What is the perspective of minority populations on the relationship between them and the police?
What is the root cause of domestic terrorism?
Is there any connection between race and domestic terrorism?
Are police harshly judged when accused of racial discrimination in law enforcement?
What could be done to improve the relationship between the police and the people they serve?
Are there any laws you feel could help improve the relationship between police and the communities they serve?