One Of The Main Problems With The Law Is Injustice In The

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One of the main problems with the law is injustice in the criminal justice system. There are so many innocent people serving time in jail. The criminal justice system in America was created to keep communities safe, to respect and restore victims, and to return offenders who leave prison to be self-sufficient and law-abiding. What the system has become is a monumental failure that our states and nation can no longer afford. There has been a growth in crime, but that may be because of the growth of technology and receiving information. Wrongful conviction and prison overcrowding are known as major issues in the criminal justice system because prisoners are held liable for crimes they did not commit and taxpayers pay for the care…show more content…
According to statistics, Blacks have a disproportionate representation in the prison system. Some say that Blacks and Latinos and more likely to be charged for a crime because of their race (Blumstein p.39). Incarceration rates between Blacks and Whites are disproportionate, with a ratio of seven blacks to one white. This is a profound example of racial discrimination (Gabbidon, and Greene). Most say that the main cause of wrongful conviction is corruption in the justice system. The Justice System may convict an innocent of a crime just so someone is held liable for said crime, and in order for them to move on to the next case. We have all heard or read, whether on the news or in the paper, about criminal cases where individuals are convicted of crimes and sometimes even given the death penalty; and in most of these cases they were given a public lawyer, that may have been inexperienced with these types of cases, or did not put as much work into the case as they should have. Which led to a clearly innocent individual being held liable for a crime. Such incompetency on the part of a defense attorney undoubtedly results in some wrongful convictions (Warner). Lives have been known to be torn apart by prosecutorial misconduct. Numerous safeguards have been placed in our judicial system, to help protect against wrongful convictions of innocent people. One of many protections our judicial system provides to protect against wrongful convictions is the presumption
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