Essay on The Injustice Of The United States Criminal Justice System

1774 Words Nov 20th, 2016 8 Pages
The injustice in the United States criminal justice system has, historically and contemporarily, attracted the attention of sociologists and researchers alike. At face value, the criminal justice system serves to maintain order amongst the chaos of criminal cases and deliver justice for those convicted. However, there appears to be a degree of irony in labeling the criminal justice system as being “unjust”, assuming that the system truly delivers justice. Yet this is supported by recent polls stating that only roughly 25% of the American population has a significant level of confidence in our system (Matsueda & Drakulich 2010). Further studies tell us that subgroups, such as minorities, have even stronger negative viewpoints toward the criminal justice system regarding justice than white people, based on experiences with the system they identified as unjust (Rocque 2016). In the web that makes up America’s criminal justice system, all members on the correctional side may play a role in denying justice to various members of society. In this paper I will explore how injustice has maintained a large presence in this system at various levels, exhibited through interactions between members of law enforcement and the courts with their detainees that involve racial profiling, discrimination, and abuse of power. METHODS In order to collect data, each researcher conducted in-depth interviews with persons who had contact with the criminal justice system. Each researcher…

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