Racial Profiling: Is it Intentional? Can We Correct it? Essay

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Racial profiling is a wide spread term in the American justice system today, but what does it really mean? Is racial profiling just a term cooked up by criminals looking for a way to get out of trouble and have a scapegoat for their crimes? Is it really occurring in our justice system, and if so is it done intentionally? Most importantly, if racial profiling exists what steps do we take to correct it? The answer to these questions are almost impossible to find, racial profiling is one of many things within our justice system that can be disputed from any angle and has no clear cut answers. All that can be done is to study it from different views and sources and come up with one’s own conclusion on the issue.
Racial profiling, as defined
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The per capita incarceration rate for African Americans is seven times greater than for whites.
Since 1980 the proportion of Hispanics among all inmates in U/S/ prisons has risen from 7.7% to 16%.
About one-third of all African American men in their twenties are under criminal justice supervision.
The rate of unfounded arrests of Hispanics in California is double that of whites.
Among 100,000 African American men aged 15-19, 68 will die as the result of a homicide involving a gun, compared with about 6 among 100,000 white men in the same age group.
The robbery victimization rate for African Americans is 150% of that for whites, and they are victimized by rapes and aggravated assaults at similar rates that exceed those for whites.
The crime victimization rate is 260 per 1,000 Hispanic households versus 144 per 1,000 non-Hispanic households.
The violent crime victimization rate for Native Americans is more than twice the rate for the nation. (p. 103)
When reading these disparities some may justify the findings with the explanation that these disparities are not caused by discrimination, but simply because people of color commit more crimes. They use rationality to justify racial profiling, saying that a certain race commits a disproportionate number of

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