Unsurprisingly, the majority of the 30,000 prisoners isolated were African Americans and Latino men. However, what particularly struck me were the characteristics that led to some of these individuals being imprisoned. For example, Gunther noted that California’s gang validation procedures ensured that gang members were to be placed in solidary confinement. Thus, one can conclude that there are some black and Latino men who were confined due to their titles and statuses as opposed to actually committing crimes. Due to the point system of the Gang Validation Policy, a man with an M-13’ tattoo or a Swahili Dictionary was more likely to be confined to solidarity than a white man who is equally as dangerous.
“Black Lives Matter” (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African American community, that campaigns against violence toward black people”(Petersen-Smith,1). Over the years, since the black power struggle “Between 1970 and 2005, the prison population increased by a historically unprecedented 700 percent. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, roughly half of federal prisoners are incarcerated for drug offenses”(Petersen-Smith,3). This was due to inequality and police officers abusing their power. “Black youth are ten times more likely than white youth to be arrested for drug crimes” according to the ISR (International Socialist Review).
This paper is focus on the racial inequality of crime rate in the criminal justice system. Also, it argues the different treatment of black and white groups in the criminal justice system. Moreover, it shows the relationship of black males with crime rate. The black males face high crime rate than white males in the criminal justice system. However, in relation to police relations, the police stop black males more frequently than white males.
The percentage shows that most of the time the suspect is someone else who commits the crime or it is a racial crime. There is a huge difference between the justice system now comparing it to back in the day. Now the law enforcement and the justice system have more resources to make sure that every evidence they have is accurate. According to NBC News, 93 percent are men, and 7% are women; about 50% are African American 38% are white , 2% are Asian and 11% are Hispanic. This tells us that more black man might be in danger of getting charged with false confession compare to any other
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.
Puerto Ricans have long suffered racial stereotypes similar to those targeting Mexican Americans and African Americans. They often were referred to by the derogatory term “spic” and also have been viewed as a criminal a lot. For example, stereotypes of Puerto Ricans as criminals influence police actions in numerous Puerto Rican communities, which are often more closely patrolled than poor or affluent white areas.
Racial profiling is a problem across the entire nation in law enforcement. In every community it differs to who is being oppressed, and it usually depends on the type of race and ethnicity the community holds. As to us, our culture and setting consist of a high percentage of hispanics and latinos, so here comes to our problem as to who is being targeted mostly in our racist issues with the police brutally. The problem we face in our community is the fact that being from the culture, we grew up in all policemen stereotype latinos for the way they make look or speak. Research consistently shows that minorities are more likely than whites to view law enforcement with suspicion and distrust.
When we say that Black Lives matter, it doesn’t mean that black people lives are more important than other people’s lives. Black lives matter just as much as other lives, but black lives are more in danger when it comes to police interaction. During this year and previous years, there has been numerous incidents of police assaulting or killing black men, women, and even teenagers. Some people say that “All Lives Matter”, which is true because life is a precious thing. But when it comes to interacting with police officers, “Black Lives Matter”, black lives are in danger during interaction with the police because society treats black people different from other races.
Once a black man is sent to jail for a low-level, nonviolent crime, such as drug possession, the system is set up so that it is easier to retire back into one’s so-called criminal ways. There are even unjust laws aimed specifically towards blacks, such as the punishment for crack cocaine vs. powder cocaine. Though these are identical offenses, there is an immense sentencing disparity for coke, the “rich man’s drug” and crack, the cheaper form, typically used and sold by poor blacks. Upon being arrested, many take plea bargains because they cannot
(Heumann, Milton, and Lance 85) In Maryland, blacks were stopped at a significantly greater rate than the actual proportion of black drivers, and yet the rate of successful searches for contraband with the same as whites, suggests the fact that race played a large part in initial stop practices by some police. (Heumann, Milton, and Lance 91) In california, a California Legislator revealed 90% of all motorist arrested by pipeline units since 1991 have been members of minority group. (Heumann, Milton, and Lance 88) African-American motorists in particular, and minority motorists in general, were proportionately more likely than whites to be stopped on the roadway studied. (Racial Profiling: Limited Data Available on Motorist Stops : Report to the Honorable James E. Clyburn, Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus) In 2004, Amnesty International USA conservatively estimated that one in three people in the United States approximately is at high risk of being subjected to some form of racial profiling, based on the number of US citizens that were racially categorized by the US 2000 Census. (Threat and Humiliation: Racial Profiling, Domestic Security, and Human Rights in the United States) A 2000 report n Los Angeles revealed that one in four officers in Los Angeles agreed that racial profiling exists and contributes to a negative interaction between police and the community.
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.