Discriminating in Sentencing

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Discriminating in sentencing is an issue that needs to be fixed. A person could be discriminated against because of their age, sex, or race. It could work out in their favor or hurt them tremendously. The most common type of discrimination is due to race. It’s sad but I don’t think we will ever live in a world when people aren’t getting treated differently. There is a lot of data that proves people get different sentences for the same crimes. The reason they received a different sentence is because of their age, sex, or prestige. Money talks in the criminal justice system and this does help certain people. I have lost faith in our justice system, it is not uniform and depending on what judge you get or what lawyer you hired is a factor…show more content…
A 2005 study by the Justice Department found that while Hispanic, black and white drivers were stopped by the police about as often, Hispanic drivers or their vehicles were searched 11.4 percent of the time and blacks 10.2 percent of the time, compared with 3.5 percent for white drivers (GLATER, 2007). There is an obvious connection between racial dynamics and the criminal justice system. Times have changed but many years ago courtrooms were comprised of all white lawyers, but race remains a problem in determining the outcome of any criminal case (Margaret, 2000). Racial discrimination does not happen in the way it happened many years ago down south. During this time white and black criminal cases were handled differently by law and the court system. We have come a long way to make sure each person is sentenced as fairly as possible no matter what color they are. Any type of racial judgment or racial issue is done very secretively in the justice system. This makes it very hard to prove the difference in their sentence was because of race. Young black people are subjected to more severe punishments and sentences than young white males. While most countries of the world took steps in decreasing racial and sex discrimination during the past years, recent study across the world exposes that the menaces of ethnic and sex discrimination are still present and it doesn’t look like it is going to just
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