“Black youth are ten times more likely than white youth to be arrested for drug crimes” according to the ISR (International Socialist Review). As you can see African Americans were at a disadvantage, even if they weren’t doing anything wrong, they were more likely to get stopped by a cop over any other race. Even in today’s society, we see a repeated act of unfairness, especially towards ethnic cultures. Though officers no in their mind its not right, they continue to abuse their
There have also been cases where the NCAA has been too severe with their judgment. Let’s take the incident of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley. Todd sold his autographs for a quite a handsome sum-3000$. Now this is not ethical by all means and does break the rules of the NCAA but what it is not is criminal. Not only did Gurley receive a 4-matches suspension, the NCAA also added 40 hours of community service as punishment.
Every single week, someone famous has broken the law. Lindsey Lohan, a well know actor and singer/songwriter, spent 84 minutes in jail after driving drunk and in possession of cocaine. She was originally sentenced to four days behind bars. She spent 84 minutes in jail before she was released. A normal person driving drunk would spend at least six months and a fine of 1,000 dollars.
Beside restorative justice, mass incarceration acts as another solution to decrease the amount of crime, yet it should be limited. There has been a longstanding debate over the effectiveness of correctional institutions. Some argue that incarceration deters offenders while others argue that the experience of being incarcerated causes individuals to continue in their life of crime. According to Bruce Western, a professor of sociology and director of the Malcolm Wiener Center, the drastically increase amount of incarceration resulted from problems such as harming prisoners, families, and social groups. He indicates, “Black are seven times more likely to be incarcerated than whites, and large racial disparities can be seen for all age groups and
Jobs applications, Financial Aid, Public Housing, and food stamps applications often ask for citizen’s criminal records, stigmatizing those who came out of the system, robbing them of opportunities. It’s very hard to find employment, convicts are all treated the same regardless of crime. In The New Jim Crow, the author talks about how young blacks are more likely to go to jail than college due to the system of incarceration. In fact, she cites a source that explains that in 2001, there were more blacks in the Illinois state prison, then there were in the state’s public universities, on drug charges alone. So forty years after the drug war was first declared, it still goes on, normalized by the commentary in media, and stereotypes assigned to those who serve time in correctional facilities.
Criminal Justice is a system of law enforcement agencies that work collectively to control crime and give the suspect the punishment for committing the crime. Juveniles which are young teenagers, tend to commit more crimes because they often have bad influences from other people or they usually have gone through a bad time period in their life. According to Marylandgov, arrests in Maryland have decreased by 6% in 2013, 2012 and there were 245,505 arrests reported in 2013 compared to 260,783 in 2012. False Confession is when a person gets charged and punished for a crime he or she did not commit. The reason people confess to the police for several different reasons because they are scared of the death penalty and they believe that the police
In 2012, almost seven thousand inmates were serving life sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles (603). Sentencing and correctional facilities were not insusceptible to the confusion of the times, but also faced additional inconvenience. Sentencing research uncovered major discretion and something unlike anything they have ever seen before, resulting in negative punishments for minorities. The conditions in prisons led to fights and the death/injury of inmates and staff. Crime rates rising, social disobedience, and drug use increasing has alarmed many people (Mackenzie 2013 4).
Those who have money or come from wealthy family are above the law; they can do anything they want and not having consequences, corrupting the criminal justice by paying judges, lawyers, cops, politicians, etc. For example, in 2014 the singer Justin Bieber was pulled over for DUI, he was arrested for resisting and driving without a valid license. Even though he was charged for all of that he was out of prison on $2,500 bail on the same day. On the other hand, if a lower income person would have gone through that, it wouldn’t have been that easy to get out of jail. In conclusion, the gap between rich and poor has and it will keep increasing, favoring just the wealthy ones.
The 13th Documentary We can see that this documentary has been made for society to recognize that we live in a country where slavery still exists. It talks about the fact of how the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, where Blacks make approximately 40% in prison, even though they make around 12% of the U.S. population. They were seen as "super predators" and still seem as criminals. Injustices are still made among the black community because many of them who go to prison are innocent. Whites are less likely to go to prison for the same crimes that Blacks commit.
Also race and gender plays a big factor when sentencing offenders. For example, in the book it states that African Americans receive harsher sentences on average than white or Asian American offenders and males have a longer sentencing than females. This is just causing people to be in jail who shouldn’t really be there and this is also the reason why jails are overpopulating. Someone who has possession of drugs should not be going to jail longer than someone who committed murder. Our system of sentencing isn’t so rational and fair when it comes to sentencing.
Yet, the most disturbing part of this story is that Freddy Gray’s murderers were actually charged significantly less. Their bails were set between $250,000 and $300,000. Their is a serious issue when a country values property more than the lives of it’s citizens. Even worse is the policy towards felons. During the Clinton administration, there were plans in legislation to enact policies that would cut off past and known drug felons(no matter how minor), from all forms of government support.