African American And Hispanic Youth Essay

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It is no surprise that most of America’s black, hispanic and other minority populations do not trust the criminal justice system. There is little debate on the fact that the system is racially biased. The facts are undeniable. From youth to adulthood, in most cities across the U.S., inequality between races is still present in many aspects of life, even in the Justice System.
African-American and Hispanic youth learn early on that they are not, and will not be, given the same opportunities and privileges as whites. Criminally, even when charged with the same offenses as whites, African-American and Hispanic youth are more likely to receive longer sentences, be tried as adults, be locked in correctional facilities, etc. According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, the chance of a black male born in 2001 of going to jail is 32 percent, or one in three. Latino males have a 17 percent chance. White males have only a six percent chance. In other words, Latino boys are nearly three times and black boys are a staggering five times more likely than white boys to go to jail at some point in their lives. The odds seem to be stacked against African American and Hispanic youth before they are even fully aware of, or fully understand, the injustice.
Racial profiling occurs almost everywhere and the courtroom is no exception. Although it may be more difficult to illustrate and prove, the Justice System is not immune to racial profiling. Maybe the best illustration of racial…

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