Disparity And Discrimination

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Disparity and Discrimination Robin Lynn Sonnier CJA/423 September 11, 2010 Keith Bailly Disparity and Discrimination Disparity and discrimination are similar, but yet different. Disparity is focused on rank, age, being unequal in society. Discrimination is focused on gender, age, or race. There are times when law officials will arrest someone based on his or her race. Crime will always be around, and law officials have the duty to catch criminals based on facts, not the color of the skin. In the criminal justice system, police look at neighborhoods, social status, and arrest made on individuals, which may lead to why law enforcement may choose someone of a crime. Disparity and discrimination will be defined and compared as it pertains to law enforcement. Disparity Disparity is “the condition or fact or being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree; difference” (Wordnik, 2010 p.1). Disparity is not always associated with discrimination, but race, ethnicity, gender or employment may have some part of discrimination. “Disparity simply means there is a difference among a group represented” (Rivera, 2006, p.1). When looking at 100 inmates in prison, and one quarter of the inmates are African Americans, one could view this as discrimination, but the prison system cannot take out inmates just to even the numbers of inmates. These inmates are in prison because he or she broke the law. In another scenario, a White mother, who stays at home, takes her son to court on a misdemeanor charge, and a Black mother, who does work, and cannot be at home, takes her son to court as well. Whereas both mothers have the same situation, the White mother can take her son home, while the Black mother does not have the same option. This is disparity for the mother who does not want to leave her child. In law enforcement, the same thing can happen. Two young
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