A Brief Note On The American Criminal Justice System Essay

2916 Words12 Pages

Racism in the American Criminal Justice System
Mia Hayat

Antioch University

This paper discusses the social justice issue of discrimination in the American criminal justice system. It reveals the history behind the integrated racism in the system and its effect on people of color. The key organization, Black Lives Matters, addresses the issue and is critically analyzed. A new solution that improves upon the social justice issue by targeting youth is presented.
Keywords: racism, criminal justice system, 13th Amendment, Black Lives Matter

Racism in the American Criminal Justice System Racism in the U.S. criminal justice system is a big issue faced by the nation. This prejudice is strongly expressed today in its massive incarceration rate among minorities. People of color are being targeted by a bias system created by people with a bias mindset. This has resulted in African Americans representing about 35% of the jail population and 37% of the prison population despite only being 12% of the total U.S. population (Carson, 2015). According to The Sentencing Project (2013):
By creating and perpetuating policies that allow such racial disparities to exist in its criminal justice system, the United States is in violation of its obligations under Article 2 and Article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to ensure that all its
Get Access