Discrimination And Racial Disparities Persist At Every Stage Within The U.s. Criminal Justice System

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Discrimination and racial disparities persist at every stage within the U.S. criminal justice system, from policing to trial to sentencing. The United States is the world’s leading jailer with 2.2 million people behind bars. Perhaps no single reason has contributed more to racial disparities in the criminal justice system than the so-called “War on Drugs” which many people believe was a thinly disguise veil for racism on African-American. Even though racial/ethnic groups use and sell drugs at roughly the same rate, Blacks and Hispanics form 62 percent of those in state prisons for first drug offenses, and 72.1 percent of all persons sentenced for federal drug trafficking offenses were either Black (25.9 percent) or Hispanic (46.2 percent), many of whom often face harsh mandatory sentences (Lopez & Light, 2009).
We need a return to community policing could help deescalate racial tension in minority community. If the police personally know the people they are serving, then they get a sense of who lives in the neighborhood, who is dealing drugs, and who is going to school with knowledge, comes trust. With knowledge, police are better able to make informed, life and death, split second decisions. Just look at Camden, New Jersey - one of the poorest cities in New Jersey, with a stunning crime problem. The recently formed Camden County police force implemented a new community policing program, and homicides have dramatically declined. There’s still much to be done, but community…

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