The higher classes have passed laws only to benefit themselves. These same laws are unfavorable to the working class. Both crowds commit acts of deviance, but the system the higher class created defines deviance inversely for each group. The justice system judges and punishes each group differently. The elite can afford expensive lawyers and sometimes friendly with the people in control of creating and enforcing laws.
The criminal justice system is not blind to the wealthy, in fact it favors them. The second rule of the Pyrrhic defeat theory states, “Failure to treat as crimes the harmful acts of the rich and powerful” (179) Rich people also commit crimes, yet the perception of a criminal is usually perceived as both a minority and poor. Rich people also commit crime, but they receive more of a slap on the wrist and second chances than less privileged classes. People in power who happen to be rich have the authority and influence to create a narrative of the threat of poor people to the masses. The consequences of the narrative of the threat of the poor creates a broken system where there become two courts, one for people with money, and one for those without.
Avoiding the issue or the individual while others decided not to have an opinion. It becomes strongly negative (p.73-82). This side of society is seen as negatives individuals. They become scared about the consequences and results that may happen. What if our children get attack rape by these predators?
Also, the crimes commonly committed by the poor are more harmfully punished than crimes committed by the rich, such as street crime versus white collar crime. This source, specifically the lower class component applies to my paper by how these claims supported by the author show the bias in the criminal system by how the system focuses more on crimes committed by the poor and their associated punishments to be harsher than those of the rich. Even when the upper classes crimes may cause more harm to society or are the same as the lower class, the poor are the ones more likely to be convicted, charged and sentenced. The only reason this occurs is discrimination towards socioeconomic status in the criminal justice system which is the main idea of my
“....fearful the poor would plunder the rich… (they) admitted that the rich, unrestrained, would also plunder the poor (Hofstadter 57).” One class can not have too much power because it would lead to an anarchy. This document meant to hold up a democracy, not anarchy. The reason why the rich benefitted from the system was because if they had not, the social classes would have been
They are deeply involved in issues of industrial capitalism, the evils of slavery, the power, and the class division. Both are innocent, nevertheless sent to prisons among thieves and murderous and their existence is denied so many times. They are promoting capitalistic self-interest. Their individuality prevents them from uniting effectively with others, they are conscious of the societies class, although the competitive nature of the capitalistic world is such that competition is reduced to the individual
Fist off, the article states that some juvenile delinquency could be caused by racial discrimination, but in The Outsiders, this is expressed through the Socs discriminating against the greasers because of their amount of money. Likewise, the book states how the greasers are looked down at by the Socs because of their economic circumstances, like the article states how whites look down at colored people causing delinquent acts to occur. Also, self-esteem can be a key contributor in mischievous acts. According to Mandel, “people want to feel good about themselves and will engage in behavior that will boost their self esteem.” (page four, paragraph six) The Greasers are put down and “jumped” by Socs throughout the novel, so they most likely became involved in drinking and smoking to raise their self-esteem levels. Due to their interaction with drugs and alcohol, they become engaged in irrational activities, causing them to become juvenile delinquents.
A select few powerful individuals and groups make the laws, and those laws are enforced to outlaw any behavior that threatens their interests. The poor and powerless are much more likely to be arrested, convicted and sentenced for serious crimes, while the powerful and wealthy continually get off with only fines if anything. The crime rate among the poor is very high because of a lack of opportunities. The poor also lack education, skills, and a strong support system that is necessary for individuals to become productive,
On the one hand, the right wing believes that a) the system is too lenient with offenders, b) the system favors the rights of offenders over the rights of victims, c) youths no longer respect authorities, d) hard working law-abiding Americans are paying the high cost for crime, and e) society is too permissive involving morality issues. The left wing, on the other hand, believes that a) the system inappropriately includes certain vices as crimes, which indicates a more serious crime problem than really exists, b) authorities label people as criminals, which may stigmatize them and create a self-fulfilling prophecy, c) correctional facilities are warehouses for criminals and they fail to rehabilitate inmates, which lead to recidivism, d) centralized power discourages the involvement of community members in solving local problems, and e) the criminal justice system discriminates against and segregates minorities in order to control
The presence of private prisons in America gives some groups in power an incentive to not unite the American people. These prisons exist on a capitalistic profit motive and are either required to hold a certain amount of prisoners to receive funding or are required to pay the government for every empty cell. Despite this, proponents of private prisons argue that they save the country money. While that may be true, they ruin American lives. The private sector that owns them has an incentive to lobby for mass incarceration, and unfortunately the people victimized by society are the most likely to be incarcerated and forgotten about.