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Minorities and the U.S. Criminal Justice System
A look at how the U.S. criminal justice system mistreats minorities.
# 64192 | 2,727 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper attempts to demonstrate that minorities, especially African-Americans, are unfairly treated by the U.S. criminal justice system. The paper cites statistics showing that, while all minorities are afforded less than fair treatment by the criminal justice system, African-Americans seem to be particularly vulnerable to sentences involving capital punishment. The paper further asserts that African-Americans suffer from political, social, psychological and economic exploitation at the hands of powerful whites in this country and, as a result, black people generally are purposefully put into situations where the commission of criminal acts are seen as the most effective solution to their problems. The paper concludes that the problem will only end once white people honestly recognize the racism that exists within the U.S. on all levels of society and end it.

Table of Contents
Race, Ethnicity and the Criminal Justice System
Drug Policies and Racial Disparities

From the Paper:

"In 1996, six in 10 jail inmates were racial or ethnic minorities -- 41 percent were African American, 18 percent were Hispanic and 3 percent Asian or Alaska Native, according to the Department of Justice. The Sentencing Project, a Washington-based think tank, reported in 1995 that 32.2 percent of all African Americans men between the age of 20 and 29 are under criminal justice supervision on any given day -- in prison or jail, on probation or parole. Even more unsettling, nationally blacks are incarcerated at a rate of 7.66 times greater than whites. This paper shall demonstrate how minorities, especially African-Americans, are unfairly treated by the US criminal justice system."

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Minorities and the U.S. Criminal Justice System (2006, February 28) Retrieved December 02, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/essay/minorities-and-the-us-criminal-justice-system-64192/

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"Minorities and the U.S. Criminal Justice System" 28 February 2006. Web. 02 December. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/essay/minorities-and-the-us-criminal-justice-system-64192/>