King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. (KIRO 7)
The King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention dramatically lowered its hiring standards to promote more people of color and LGBTQ employees. Consequently, the department effectively adopts affirmative action policies rather than hiring the candidates best suited for the job.
In 2018, the DAJD conducted an equity impact review for its Corrections Sergeants promotional process. It found that while several minority candidates applied, few passed the written exam. Rather than address why the results looked the way they did, the department lowered the threshold to pass the exam.
The move was meant
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