The United States Criminal Justice System Essay

2102 Words Nov 29th, 2016 9 Pages
The United States criminal justice system race has been a factor since the system’s beginning. The criminal justice is a system that was “created to keep communities safe, to respect and restore victims and to return offenders who leave prison to be self-sufficient and law-abiding” (DeRoche, 2012). The biggest problem in the United States criminal justice system is not only the offenders, but the criminal justice system itself.
Racial discrimination in the criminal justice system “exits when the proportion of racial or ethnic group within the control of the system is greater than the proportion of such group is the general population” (Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System A Manual for Practitioners and Policymakers, n.d.). The impact of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has been shown in the statistics at the community and nation level, which shows the overall impact of racial discrimination. To demonstrate just how much impact racial discrimination plays in the role in our criminal justice’s system, we must look at the statistics of the incarceration rate. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, there is about “1,561,500 prisoners in state and federal correctional facilities” (Ann Carson, 2015) at the end of 2014. According to Poisoners in 2014 (2015), out of the 1,561,500. an estimated of 516,900 were African American males, who were incarcerated in state or federal prison at the end of 2014.
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