The Unjust Justice System Is Only As Good As The People Who Make It Up

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The Unjust Justice System The criminal justice system is only as good as the people who make it up. Unlike the law, people’s judgement does not exist without prejudice and bias. This applies to not just the jury, but also the judge, prosecution, and defense. While just laws can be made, the job to enforce such laws in a just manner is solely the job of the jurors, who are responsible for delivering a final verdict and who are not accountable for a verdict, even if it was deliberately false. Overall, justice inside the justice system fails to be blind, as it does not judge everyone equally due to the racial bias held by both the jury and those employed by the justice system. The first thing that many people think of when they hear about bias in the justice system is jury bias. Wrongful convictions have been a popular topic in the media. This applies not just to news, but also in literature and movies, such as in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Twelve Angry Men, a movie adapted from Reginald Rose’s play. In To Kill a Mockingbird, an African American man had been wrongfully convicted of murder despite evidence only pointing to his innocence. In Twelve Angry Men, a young man had been nearly sentenced to death due to inadequate defense and a biased jury. In both of these cases, the jury was not above prejudice. Although the stories had taken place in the 1930’s and 1950’s, the same problem exists in the justice system to this day. In an investigation of all felony cases…

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