The Rich Get Richer And The Poor Get Prison

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The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison Social stratification brings about adverse effects on the society as the rich in the society get to amass more wealth while the poor result in increasing their chances of imprisonment. This argument tends to allude to the aspect of the law being partial and unfair. This partiality is controlled through power and to whom the power is endowed. Standards of legality are emphasized by reigning administration, the affluent in society, the courtroom judges and the police. The above individuals determine the standards of legality while the poor are simply left to abide by the laid out legal standards. Jeffrey H. Reiman the author of “The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Get Prison,” outlines that the current law is limited in terms resolving disputes, distinguishing the truth and meting out justice. The autonomous constraint of the law is in its inability resolving simple issues of everyday life. The article cites numerous statistics that indicate increasing cases of work related injuries due to the failure of the management to put up proper safety working conditions. There is also evidenced failure in the government’s efforts in enforcing safety standards. This is one example indicating the constraints of the law in its timely and effective response to serious safety hazards in the workplace for the less fortunate in society (Reiman, 1979). Although these issues are evidenced in every life, they are rarely responded since attaining the results through the set out legal system requires professionalism, skills, resources and influencing in the effort of identifying a loop-hole in the system and in the process oppress the poor even more. Since poor people cannot access any of the above, they often get to suffer for crimes they did not commit. The article further alludes to racial prejudices in the judiciary system citing

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