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Thu May 25, 2023, 03:30 PM

Justice Department expands anti-profiling rules to cover thousand more in judicial system

Source: Associated Press

Justice Department expands anti-profiling rules to cover thousand more in judicial system

By Lindsay Whitehurst
May 25, 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) The Justice Department issued new guidance Thursday emphasizing that investigations must be free from bias involving race and gender or against people with disabilities. Anti-profiling rules were also expanded to include thousands more people who are part of the justice system.

The guidelines obtained by The Associated Press are the first updates in nearly a decade and now cover thousands more people than before, including prosecutors, lawyers, analysts and contractors. They already applied to agents for Justice Department agencies such as the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration and local officers who work with them on task forces.

The update also requires, for the first time, more extensive data collection measures that are intended to ensure the guidance is being followed.

The effort is intended to root out biased work, practices condemned as unfair, likely to create mistrust and violate civil rights. The guidelines aim to bar bias based on the use of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and now, disability.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/justice-department-racial-profiling-gender-disabilities-d7a219b9dde500f2b7e8e0a702f46f57

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