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Social Issues for Criminal Justice Careers

This guide is to help students understand their role in criminal justice professions in relation to social injustices.

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This page lists select popular shows and movies available through streaming services or broadcast on TV. These are not necessarily available through the UC Libraries' databases.


"13th" film poster

13th - "An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality." -IMDB

"Just Mercy" film poster

Just Mercy"World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner." -IMDB

"I am Not Your Negro" film poster

I Am Not Your Negro"Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House." -IMDB

"Blindspotting" film poster

Blindspotting - "While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend." -IMDB

"12 Years A Slave" film poster

12 Years A Slave"In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery." -IMDB


"Black-ish" TV poster

Blackish - "A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood." -IMDB

"Grown-ish" TV show poster.

Grown-ish - "A spinoff of ABC's "Black-ish," Zoey Johnson is off to college and must live outside the nest, dealing with drugs, sex, and relationships along the way." -IMDB

"Atlanta" TV show poster

Atlanta - "Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred try to make their way in the world through the rap scene. Along the way they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status, and parenthood." -IMDB

"Dear White People" TV show poster

Dear White People - "At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a group of black students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination." -IMDB

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