Discrimination In The Justice System

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Register to read the introduction… There is a direct correlation between the failure of AAM’s to obtain quality education and their over representation within the judicial system (Weatherspoon, 2006). It trickles into the adult life of AAM’s as they are profiled, stopped, arrested, prosecuted, sentenced, incarcerated, and placed on death row at a disproportionate rate. As inequality manifests to follow them into adulthood these inequalities ultimately result in a limited ability to function productively in society further fueling the misconceptions placed on the AAM. Upon entrance into the judicial system the basic foundation of productive living (voting, employment, or qualifying for educational assistance as well as many other aspects that rely upon criminal background to determine worth) becomes a part of the social restriction placed upon them, further exacerbating stereotyping and profiling by ensuring it perceived validity in the eyes of the …show more content…
This is sentiment is reinforced by statistics such as this; of 289 total post-conviction exonerees in the United States since 1989 African Americans account for 180 of them (Innocence Project, 2012). Now consider the number of innocents that never get this chance at redemption. Currently the Federal Bureau of Investigation is collecting racial and ethnic information and mapping American communities based on crude stereotypes about which groups commit different types of crime and sharing it with unknown state, local and federal agencies (American Civil Liberties Union, 2012). Since 9/11 the operating parameters Americans expect to protect their rights to privacy have been obliterated. The FBI can now initiate an investigation of a person without the standards of just cause that once protected the rights of all Americans. To the African American male this is nothing new, random searches and undue investigations have always been a part of being an AAM. From a police prospective there are ongoing efforts to equalize the authorities governing the communities focused on diversifying the system and gaining trust amongst the inhabitants. Jones-Brown (2001) argues that to be black

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