Jenkins & Jenkins  |  Siblings Political Commentary

  A surprising family dynamic of conservative leaning brother and lefty solution sister provides riveting discussion on a variety of important issues. 

Intentions Not Always Realized

Before the 2008 election, I had taken upon myself to study the subtle and not always conscious residual bias that has been the subject of many conversations as of late, e.g. Soto Mayor, Gates and even the fallout from the health care debate.  It is very difficult to tap into a deep flaw such as prejudice during a self-examination process but my siblings and I took time to debrief from a situation that appeared to be a product of unconscious bias. We capture our conversation in the Podcast "Lessons After Visiting Tutankhmum " Click to play.

Screening for Bias in Public Safety Officials

Should there be methods to screen out bias in police candidates, security and public safety officials?  Click Here to Play

Bias in the Uniform Crime Reports


Recently, a publishing company ranked the city of Oakland California third in the nation in crime and with a thirty-six percent black population, this data may fuel the stereotype that blacks commit more offenses than any other racial or ethnic group.  However, does the tool used to track crime in the United States, Uniform Crime Reports focus on economic crimes and drug offenses while missing White Collar Crime creating a biased view of criminal activity in the states?  In this third installment of Jenkins and Jenkins, sister and brother debate this issue.

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Beyond Ferguson


According to criminal justice experts, the nation’s Supreme Court enables law enforcement officers to decide independently whether to use deadly force or not.  Prompted by the recent instance of deadly force in Ferguson, MO, brother and sister examine the circumstances that warrant use of lethal force in addition offer suggestions to move Beyond Ferguson.  Click to play.  Or use the link below.  

Overcoming a National Birth Defect

During a recent interview on public television, Dr. Condoleezza Rice divulged to journalist Belva Davis that her first political affiliation was Democratic, not Republican. However, like her father Dr. Rice switched from Democrat to Republican later in her life.  Raised in the heart of the south during the Civil Rights era Dr. Rice witnessed first hand what she describes as this country’s struggle to overcome “its birth defect of racial inequality.” She was close friends with one of the young black girls killed in the infamous bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Undeterred by such challenges, Dr. Rice became the first African American women to hold the office of Secretary of State, makes one wonder then is the Republican Party the best for black Americans.  This fourth broadcast between Jenkins and Jenkins brother and sister discuss the advantages or disadvantages to being or voting Republican while black. Click here to play or use this link:

 Moderator’s Note: At Rhesa’s request I am adding this moderator's note correcting a transposition in names of the policy she cites in response to my questions: Enterprise Zones is the Reagan era policy, Empowerment Zones is the Clinton area naming of the same policy. In addition, the acronym CETA stands for Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). 

Siblings' Bios

Mack A. Jenkins

Mack Jenkins has worked in the criminal justice field for more than 39 years, named "Law Enforcement Official of the Year" by the San Diego County Crime Commission in 2011.  During California’s "realignment"—placing more incarcerated individuals in county jails than in state prisons, Mack implemented innovative programs and partnerships to reduce recidivism.  He has worked with Drug Courts and substance abuse offenders from 1995 to 2007 and is currently a criminal justice consultant specializing in the design, implementation, and operation of Drug Court programs.   He has provided training to criminal justice professionals (Judges, attorneys, probation officers, and police officers) throughout the country on topics including the supervision of substance abuse offenders, Drug and DUI Court programs, and the fundamentals of drug testing.  He was also a consensus panel member on TIP (Treatment Improvement Protocol) 44 “Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults in the Criminal Justice System.”   Mack is a former adjunct instructor of criminal justice with the Rancho Santiago Community College District in Orange County and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of California at Irvine and a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from California State University at Long Beach. 

Rhesa M. Jenkins

Rhesa Jenkins is an inventor and social entrepreneur. Her work brings together private & public institutions aimed at realizing the promise of expansion of wealth in under served communities. 
Her executive experience includes serving as Strategic Planning Manager in UPS Corporate Strategy and Engineering groups responsible for Governance of Enterprise Innovation and Strategic Process Management.   She currently serves on the Board of selected corporations and community organizations working to help define and execute hybrid structures for 21st century firms organized for triple bottom line impact; creating place, protecting community and expanding wealth.  Rhesa’s excellence in innovation has been acknowledged in the sharing of 25 patents in human interface, data acquisition, and predictive systems. Each patent represents products built and executed as industry leading solutions in rapidly growing markets. Her passion is found in the lesson of her parent’s insistence on fairness.  “I learned early on that you must find a way to participate…to be a catalyst for change, unwavering and insistent on fairness and inclusion when opportunity affords us access where others have been excluded.”  Rhesa was pursuing an executive fellowship that will allow her to publish a collection of case studies on R&D projects completed over the last 5 years.