Ford Urges Illinois Supreme Court to Require Racial and Discrimination Training

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Seeking to limit discriminatory practices in the courtroom, state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, passed a resolution out of a House committee Wednesday that urges the Illinois Supreme Court to require discrimination training for judges, prosecutors and other court officials. “Judges and court officials need be impartial decision-makers in the pursuit of justice,” Ford said. “Unfortunately, years of discrimination has created bias and racial profiling that is still prevalent in many areas of society, including courtrooms.” Ford introduced House Resolution 702, which urges the Illinois Supreme Court to require judges, prosecutors, and criminal defense attorneys to attend periodic training concerning racial profiling and discrimination. The resolution notes the impact that slavery, segregation and disenfranchisement had on society, as well as concerns about the public reemergence of white supremacist demonstrations and voter suppression laws. His resolution received bi-partisan support and passed out of the Judiciary – Civil Committee Wednesday.

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