The American Criminal Justice System

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The American Criminal Justice system is arguably one of the most fair systems in the world. However, like anything it has its flaws. There are many flaws but the largest three, in my opinion, would be the fact that we have the highest incarceration rate of any other country, the high penalties for drug users, as well as the jury system. The high incarceration rates and the penalties for drug users affect each other but they are still issues on their own. In fact, many of issues within our system coincide within each other. Addressing the incarceration rate issue, since 2002 the United States of America has had the largest incarceration rate in the world. Other countries have hovered around one hundred prisoners per one hundred thousand population, however the United States. has been at approximately five hundred prisoners per one hundred thousand population. In America men have fourteen times higher incarceration rate than women, is it because men commit more crimes than women? Or is there a bias on the male population. The Telegraph, A magazine operating from the United Kingdom, says that women commit petty crimes and their criminal careers are shorter lived, and this has been going on since the early 1970’s. The top five sources of incarceration in america from least common to most common are offenses that everyone can think of. Assault, which accounts for more than one million offenses each year. Larceny, also known as theft is also one of the largest felonies in
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