Houston D.A.’s Office To Address Diversity In Hiring


Allegations of racism in the Houston’s Harris County District Attorney’s Office on former chief prosecutor Chuck Rosenthal’s watch have those in charge of hiring 50 new prosecutors in the next two years paying closer attention to diversity, reports the Houston Chronicle. “I think we’re below where I would like to see us as far as African-Americans and Hispanics – I would like to see more,” said Marie Munier, who has headed up recruiting for the past two years. “With all the stuff in the media lately, it’s been like someone dumped a bucket of cold water on my head and made me say, ‘We do need to look at this.’ ”

Rosenthal was attacked after office e-mails were made public that contained racist jokes and images, along with sexually explicit images. Several groups, including county Republican Party officials and black community groups, called for Rosenthal’s resignation. He stepped down Friday. Munier, who is white, is working more with the three black attorneys on the 12-person hiring committee to address problems. Black prosecutors account for 15 of 262 positions, about 5 percent. Eighteen prosecutors are Hispanic. Jolanda Jones, a defense lawyer and City Council member, said the prosecutor’s office “has a problem with systemic racism and classism.”

Link: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5557941.html

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