Racial Profiling And The United States Essay

934 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
In the last two decades, sentencing for people with any other skin color or different ethnic backgrounds other than being white or Caucasian has shown a dramatic increase. In the judicial system of the United States, there is evidence that people who are Caucasian receives better treatment or lighter punitive measures than those who are Latino or African American. In recent years, the gap widened drastically post 9/11, affecting the lives of millions of Americans, especially those of whom have minor drug charges or non-violent crimes. Studies also show racial profiling in all levels of the law all the way down from the police officer, the prosecutors, and the judges. Also, minorities are more likely to receive sentencing of being incarcerated more times than those who are white. Laws at the local, state, and federal levels needs a makeover to ensure the rights of all Americans, as well as equal protection under the law, and our constitution despite ethnic backgrounds, or the color of skin.
According to the National Advanced and Association of Colored People, (NAACP) “One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime.”(NAACP) One in six black men is nearly 17%. According to the census bureau, we have an estimated 363 million Americans. That means that nearly sixty-two million Americans will be incarcerated to the point of going to prison. Going to prison…

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