Contemporary Criminal Justice Issues

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Contemporary Issues in the Criminal Justice System Opinion Portfolio LaDonna Williams August 7, 2009 Contemporary issues in the criminal justice system often have several different sides and cause controversy over differing opinions. These issues are usually difficult to resolve, or even create laws for, because solution is a matter of a person’s values and beliefs. This paper will discuss several contemporary issues in the criminal justice system, including the effects of the media, racial disparities, criminal rights and national security. While discussing each topic, the author will define the issue, present and justify her opinion with facts and statistics and explain why opponents should reconsider their positions. Violence…show more content…
Research shows that minorities are overrepresented on death row; that murders involving white victims are more often sentenced to death, while murders involving black victims are almost never sentenced to death. Even though African Americans account for less than 20% of America’s population, they account for over 50% of death row inmates. Some people argue that there are no racial disparities in the death penalty; that more blacks are on death row because more blacks commit crimes that are punishable by death. I believe that more blacks are on death row, not because they deserve it, but because the majority of the prosecuting attorneys that request this sentence, and the majority of jurors that vote for this sentence are predominantly…show more content…
Within the criminal justice system, discrimination occurs when a person is treated differently than other groups of people because of their race. This has been a problem in America ever since slavery and segregation was abolished, and while slavery and segregation are no longer issues, minorities are still treated unfairly by law enforcement and criminal justice professionals on a daily basis. Discrimination occurs when minority people, particularly African American and Hispanic men, are victims of racial profiling, police brutality, excessive bail and death row for committing crimes equal to their white counterparts. Discrimination against minorities occurs within every level of the criminal justice system, but is a problem that is widely
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