After reading the Chapter 5 and 6 it is evident that racism is present throughout the court system. Although the racism is generally paired with law enforcement, the court system has a major issue as well; especially when looking at the jury selection process. When thinking about the court process the jury selection does not really become an issue or brought to the public's attention unless it is a major case. The U.S. Supreme Court has also stated the jury is "an inestimable safeguard against the corrupt or overzealous prosecutor and against the compliant, biased, or eccentric judge" (Pp. 255.) The jury plays a vital role in the criminal justice system.
Racism in the Criminal Justice System Over the years, several people have studied the subject of racism. Moreover, several people have argued about numerous topics they assert to be racist. One side of the story claims that one’s action establish his retribution, while the other side of the story says that racism is still a tremendous botheration today, especially in the Criminal Justice System. The Criminal Justice System accumulates tremendous criticism for being assumed to be racist and incriminating too many blacks.
Plessy vs Ferguson is a similar topic of the book To Kill A Mockingbird. In both cases there was a bunch of segregation. Both people were found guilty because everyone on the jury was racist. Plessy and Ferguson was involved in this case. Plessy sat in the all white railroad cars instead of the all black railroad cars.
Let’s look at the punishment related to crack cocaine use offenses and how they are that much more severe than the punishment for illicit use of prescription opioids. Through this research we will come to realize that the only real difference between the two is the skin color of the people using them. With a rapid increase of deaths related to the misuse of pain relief prescription medications there is a frenzy in the “white community”. However, this same type of sympathy was unheard of during the black crack cocaine epidemic of the 1990s. Where the most aggressive drug sentencing laws to date were instituted, impacting minorities
The government of the United States has taught and interpreted the idea of race onto its citizens. Race is not something that we are born with but instead we are taught who to discriminate against. Burgett and Hendler (2014a) state that race has established, “who may be property, and who are citizens, and among the latter who get to vote and who do not, who are protected by law and who are not, who have access and privilege and who are (to be) marginalized” (p. 208). The success of the United States as a nation can be attributed to the work of slaves. “[As stated by Bush], ‘the very people traded into slavery helped to set America free through their struggle of injustice’”
In regards to black men coming into the country from the Caribbean, these depictions of selves are altered. Instead the man’s first self is portrayed through his interactions with friends, family and others who identify as Caribbean, whereas the second self is how he acts with law enforcement or people who are granted some form of authority. The second self involves a change in vocal expressions, body posture and a change in personality traits to come across as “more Canadian” when conforming to the preferred image of “The Street”. Anderson’s code can be used as a general framework when analyzing “The Street” as a instrument police use to govern marginalized groups, however Goffman’s presentation of the self consists of a framework that makes sense of why it is important to attempt to manage impressions when interacting with law enforcement. Goffman’s describes human action being understood by seeing people as actors on a social stage whom create an impression of themselves for an audience.
Through the years, the world has made substantial progress towards ensuring equal treatment under law for all citizens. However, the cycle continues, as disparities within the justice decision making process is growing at each level of the criminal justice system. Although the drug policies and sentencing guidelines that are put into place by our legislators are said to be “race neutral,” they have actually shown to be pervasively biased, affecting both innocent as well as guilty minority citizens. There is no question that the most important stage of the criminal justice system is the sentencing phase. It is at this stage where prosecutors, along with law enforcement personnel, attempt to determine who will or will not be granted leniency
One of the central multicultural issues facing the criminal justice system today is the need for clear communication with recent immigrants and subcultural groups that have not been fully acculturated. Many such groups hold to traditions and values that differ from those held by the majority of Americans. Such differences influence the interpretation of things seen and heard. Even more basic, however, are language differences that might prevent effective communication with criminal justice system personnel.
Inbalance in the Criminal Justice System Racial Disparity in the criminal justice system is when a certain ethnic group that does not represent the majority of the population is in charge or holds more power within the system than other ethnic groups. A misrepresentation of ethnicity with the Criminal Justice System. This misrepresentation can lead to the assumption that people of different ethnic backgrounds and the same crime will be treated differently within the criminal justice system.
According to the text the criminal justice system is racist, because Martin Luther King day, for instance ,senator Barack Obama charged that blacks and whites “are arrested at very different rates and receive very different sentenced.” A example for this would be the book we are currenting A lesson before dying . A black man went to the store with two of his black friends and they shot a white man the boy name jefferson didn't do anything but by him being a black man and a white man is dead he is going to get charged with murder and a death sentence. If it was the other way around and a white man killed black mans he would of been let go and not charged but if they do charge him he would not get that much time. Our justice system is just messed up but that's just how things are today.