Inequities In Criminal Justice Research Paper

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Inequity in the American Justice System Unequal treatment in the Justice System due to race has become our legacy. Justice is NOT blind as it is rendered differently dependent upon skin color. This started with the Convict Leasing policies of the late 19th Century. Crime policies and laws enacted in the late 20th century perpetuated this discrimination. And now in the 21st century, African American males continue to be over-represented in American prisons having a negative affect on the social status of the Black community. Even before ratification of the 13th Amendment, Southern States used convict leasing as a solution to their financially-strapped, penal system budgets. In convict leasing, businesses or individuals would lease…show more content…
In 1971, President Nixon officially declares a "war on drugs". This policy was strengthened during the Reagan administration. “Reagan signs the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, which appropriates $1.7 billion to fight the drug war. The bill also creates mandatory minimum penalties for drug offenses, which are increasingly criticized for promoting significant racial disparities in the prison population because of the differences in sentencing for crack and powder cocaine. Possession of crack, which is cheaper, results in a harsher sentence; the majority of crack users are lower income…President George H.W. Bush creates the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and appoints William Bennett as his first "drug czar." Bennett aims to make drug abuse socially unacceptable…show more content…
It is the legacy of the United States. Unfortunately we have been socialized to believe that imprisonment is inevitable for black men; black and white people alike share this mindset. Now is not the time for justice to become blind. Justice needs to become just, so every arrest and sentencing of a black man should be scrutinized. References University of Houston. Accessed June 2, 2012. Thompson, Herbert. Let My People Go 4/23/01. Accessed May 19, 2012 NPR.Timeline: America’s War on Drugs. Accessed May 21, 2012 NAACP. Criminal Justice Fact Sheet. Western, Bruce. 2003. Crime, Punishment, and American Inequality. Accessed June 5,

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