October 26, 2020 Feature

Arcing Toward Justice: Strategies to Disrupt Implicit Bias and Limit Its Negative Impact

The Honorable Bernice B. Donald and Sarah E. Redfield

In an article published in the Summer 2019 issue of Criminal Justice, we defined “implicit bias” in terms of “learned associations absorbed from all around us, outside our direct awareness or control, that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions,” and emphasized the importance of becoming “bias literate” with respect to an understanding of not only “group preferences” but also “unintended micromessaging.” We then promised to share, in a future article, some “strategies for disrupting implicit bias/response.” Bernice B. Donald & Sarah Redfield, Arcing Toward Justice: Can Understanding Implicit Bias Help Change the Path of Criminal Justice?, 34 Crim. Just., no. 2, 2019.

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