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The United States Criminal Justice System
Examines some of the shortcomings of the United States's criminal justice system.
# 46233 | 1,589 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper looks at the tendency of the U.S. criminal justice system to focus primarily on minority groups and to mete out unnecessarily harsh punishment for minor crimes. Statistics are provided to support this contention, and the negative consequences of such a criminal justice system are discussed. The paper talks about the need to change the system and the probability of change, considering the growing awareness of human rights and equality.

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"The criminal justice system in the United States has been the subject of increased scrutiny for some decades. If the statistics are taken into account, it appears that there are several shortcomings that need to be addressed. One of these is for example the focus and manner of punishment of certain crimes. The focus of criminal justice appears to be on minority groups to an incongruous degree. Furthermore crimes of a lesser nature appears to draw sentences that are unnecessarily harsh. The problem with this kind of criminal justice system is that the attention of crime fighting and prevention are focused in the wrong areas, and thus crime that should be curbed is allowed to increase rather than decrease."

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