Racial Disparity And The Criminal System Essay

1059 Words Nov 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Racial disparity in the criminal system may influence a judge’s discretion on a case where a crime may be morally wrong, yet the decision of a judge may give a less sentence based on race, status, and history. For example, graduate Judge Aaron Persky in the State of California vs. Brock Turner case, gave Brock Turner a 6-month sentence instead of 6 years in a rape case. Many felt that Judge Persky was being too leniency and may have been biased because he and the perpetrator went to Standard. Even though Judge Persky didn’t violate any laws by his ruling, however he may have overused his discretion, where there aren’t any clear instructions on how to make a decision on a case, so one may have to use their discretion.
Issues dealing with the Judiciary System that may over exercise Discretion:
To provide a little background on the case, State of California vs Turner, Brock Turner, 20-year-old Caucasian male and was a resident in California was charged with rape of three out of five counts in 2015, penal codes PC261 (a)(3), PC261 (a)(4), PC220 (a)(1), PC289 (e), PC289 (d) (Official California Legislative Information, 1993). Turner was found guilty in March of three felony charges: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person PC220 (a)(1), penetration of an intoxicated person PC289 (e), and penetration of an unconscious person penal codes PC289 (d) (Court Motions/Orders Instructions/Minutes Chronolocial Order, 2015). None of the codes that he was…

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