Essay about Racial Disparities Within The Criminal Justice System

783 Words Nov 19th, 2015 4 Pages
The racial disparities within the criminal justice system are staggering. The policies passed by the government to combat the drug epidemic within the country, has been a losing battle. However, the war on drugs disproportionately affected communities of color. The selective enforcement and patrol of economically poorer urbanized areas has resulted in more minorities under the control of correctional institutions today, more than the enslavement era in the United States. Despite the fact that rates of drug use is similar among racial lines, Blacks and Latinos enter the system 10 times more often than whites. The racial bias within the criminal justice system is both implicit and explicit, meaning the system is designed to keep people of color under the supervision of prisons and parole. This is the first time in United States history where people of color have been incarcerated excessively and deprived of liberty. The issue is ignored because it doesn’t affect most people. Over the past 40 years, the United States government has spent trillions of dollars on a failed and ineffective war on drugs. The number of drug related arrests accounts for more than a quarter of people in prison. Although drug use has not declined, poor people and people of color have been caged, labelled, and branded with criminal records. This poses barriers to employment, housing, and overall stability. The selective policing and prosecution of non-violent drug offenses in communities of color,…

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