1930s Justice System

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In 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that African Americans receive 10% longer sentences than whites through the federal system for the same crimes. In the 19th and early 20th century, that percentage was higher. Many people think that the US 's legal system truly provides justice for all people unlike back in the early 1900s, but the fact written above could be very easily compared to what racism was like in the 1930s. Although the United States’ legal system has improved some over the past 60 years through the Great Depression and many other hardships, this country’s legal system is still failing at providing justice for all people. The first reason that many see as proof of how the justice system has failed since the 1930s is the alarmingly large number of cases of racial profiling. For…show more content…
In nearly nine out of 10 searches, police find nothing”. This proves racial profiling still exists in today’s legal system like in the 1930s because in the 21st century, as it shows in this study, people in law enforcement stop particularly African Americans and Latinos most of the time to check them because they have “suspicions” about them. Interestingly, most of the time the police don’t find anything. This is an example of racial profiling because law enforcers are using the race of a group as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offense. This is very similar to what Alabama citizens did to 9 African Americans, commonly known as the Scottsboro boys, on the train going from Chattanooga in the 1930s. Additionally, Natarajan adds that in “Illinois, for example, black and Hispanic drivers were twice as likely to be searched after a traffic stop
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