Biases In The Criminal Justice System

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The previous literature has indicated that there are biases within the Criminal Justice system by examining the correlation between an individual’s physical and social attributes to the treatment received through the contact with the system (as cited in Poole & Regoli, 1980). The usage of selective enforcement on inmates is based on the reinforcement of racial stereotypes that the officer upholds. Some inmates who violate the rules do not get categorized as deviant, whereas minorities who have not committed any rule-breaking are deemed deviant (as cited in Poole & Regoli, 1980). Black inmates are viewed as hostile and a threat to the white society, therefore they are placed under heavy surveillance for any slip-ups in their actions.
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