African-American Males and the U.S. Justice System of by Floyd Weatherspoon

By Floyd Weatherspoon

African-American men and the USA Justice approach of Marginalization presents an outline of the commercial and social prestige of African-American men in the US, which maintains to become worse at an alarming price. Weatherspoon posits that during each American institutional procedure, from beginning to demise, the adventure of African-American men to accomplish racial justice and fairness during this nation is overlooked, marginalized, and exploited. the yank justice procedure, particularly, has accredited and now and again sanctioned the marginalization of African-American men as complete voters. Weatherspoon examines the concept African-American men are disproportionately represented in each element of the legal justice approach, and that the marginalization of African-American men in the USA has a protracted and treacherous historical past that maintains to negatively effect their fiscal, political, and social prestige.

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Even though this may not be illegal, it clearly raises ethical issues. Unless the public demands a change in the mass criminalization of Americans, especially African-American males, their economic and social status will continue to be marginalized. Public policy makers, especially state legislatures, must revisit how drug policies have resulted in the mass number of their citizens to be incarcerated, costing taxpayers billions in prison expenses. 2 Racial profiling of African-American males Every African-American male in this country who drives a vehicle, or has traveled by bus or plane, either knowingly or unknowingly has been the victim of racial profiling by law enforcement officials.

For example, two African-American males and a white male were stopped as they passed through the City of Torrance, a predominately white suburb of Los Angeles. The court, in upholding the jury award of $245,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, stated: The police officers in this case appear to have chosen the wrong young people. Two African American teens and a white teen were innocently driving through the City of Torrance, happily and quietly celebrating their graduation from prep school.

In its place, the guidelines established minimum sentences for certain offenses. S. General Accounting Office (“GAO”) issued a report indicating that due to “data limitation . . [it is] impossible to know how effective the Federal Sentencing Guidelines . . 129 In 1993, the Justice Department released a report which examined whether there were racial and ethnic disparities imposed on federal offenders before and after the guidelines became fully effective. The study found in part that: During 1986-1988, before full implementation of sentencing guidelines, white, black and Hispanic offenders received similar sentences, on average, in federal district courts.

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