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We are committed to:
Encouraging the highest courts of each state to create commissions to examine the treatment accorded minorities in their courts;
Sharing the collective knowledge of task forces and commissions with courts, law enforcement, and the community;
Providing technical assistance and expertise to commissions, task forces, and other interested organizations and individuals on the subject of racial and ethnic fairness.
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North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (NC-CRED) is a collaborative research-based organization whose mission is to identify, document, and alleviate racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system.

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  • Implicit bias training held at NCSC The National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts offered Implicit Bias training Dec. 15. The training explored emerging research in neuroscience and revealed how unconscious processes may affect decision-making. read more
  • Implicit Bias training under way The role of the National Consortium is assisting in implementing programs and recommendations for ethnical and racial fairness, and to serve as a central forum for exchanging information on identifying and eliminating racial and ethnic bias in the courts. read more
  • Judge Lance Ito gives keynote at annual conference During the Consortium's 26th Conference, Judge Ito gave an inspirational speech about his heritage and how his parents were part of this injustice that took place at Heart Mountain. read more

Implicit Bias Training held at the National Center for State Courts

Implicit bias is defined as a schema, also known as templates of knowledge, through which the brain performs some operations automatically. This process can result in bias that operates outside of conscious awareness. It creates implicit or hidden bias against others without the person realizing it.

Through a State Justice Institute grant awarded to the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts (National Consortium), fourteen training sessions in 2014 were held throughout the United States. The last Implicit Bias training session was held on December 15th at the National Center for State Courts (National Center) office in Williamsburg, Virginia. For the court audience and others who couldn’t attend the training at the National Center, a live stream was provided via both the National Center’s and National Consortium’s websites.

Kimberly Papillon, Esq. a Judicial Professor and Lecturer on Neuroscience in Decision-Making and the Law conducted the Implicit Bias training at the National Center. She explained the neuroscience behind the decision-making process and how decisions are made that are unconsciously bias-based according to the functionality of the person’s brain.

Kimberly has developed various tools that can be used for implicit bias awareness and she explained the “Decision-Making Matrix” chart with the participants. Additionally, Kim has developed twelve steps and strategies for increasing fairness. Two of the twelve steps are:

 1. Receive Effective Education throughout the Process of Implementing the Tools: Decision-makers should receive education that creates awareness, motivates individuals and institutions to change and instruct on meaningful strategies for change. In order to change, decision-making individuals must receive initial courses that convince them that implicit association exists and that it affects their decisions. Participants should then take continued focused courses that allow them to implement tools and learn additional information in small portions over an extended period of time.

2. Take the Tests: Decision-makers should engage in an individual self-assessment of implicit biases and preferences. (Taking the Race IAT, Gender-Career IAT and any 2 additional IAT's).  These self-assessments can demonstrate the levels of implicit association that may accompany amygdala and insula reactions in the brain. The levels of implicit association may also predict executive functioning in the prefrontal cortex (PFC).

Implicit Bias Assessment Tool

If you are interested in learning more about the twelve steps and strategies for increasing fairness and eliminating unconscious /implicit bias, please contact Kimberly Papillon at kimberly.papillon@yahoo.com.