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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Why? Why? The Legal System of The United States does not Ensure Justice for all Races The Legal System of The United States does not Ensure Justice for all Races America's centuries-long struggle with racism. The results of some trials can be unjust because of prejudiced juries. Non-whites are not seen as equals in the eyes of police officers. Curtis Flowers, a black man, spent 10 years for the murders of 4 people on little evidence. The jury was all white and spent only a few hours to deliver a guilty verdict. In New York City, Latinos and Blacks made up 80 percent of the stops while only making up half of the population. When whites were stopped, only 8 percent of them were frisked. When blacks and latinos were stopped, 85 percent were frisked. African Americans make up 14 percent of all drug users. Yet, they make up 37 percent of people arrested for drug offenses. According to the Human Rights Watch, blacks are arrested at rates of 2 to 11 times higher than the rate of whites for drug related offences. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Tom Robinson is found guilty in the face of definite evidence of his innonce. Jury was all white and prejudiced towards blacks. Blacks are not treated as equal when arrested or in trial. The U.S. Sentencing Commission reports that black offenders receive sentences that are on average 10 percent longer than whites. Blacks are also 21 percent more likely to receive mandatory minimum sentences than whites. Blacks are also 20 percent more likely to go to prison for drug offenses than whites. A report by the Sentencing Project found that two-thirds of the inmates serving life sentences in the U.S. were non-white. In New York, this rate is 83 percent. African American Juveniles make up 16 percent of the U.S. population. They make up 28 percent of juvenile arrests. They make up 37 percent of the juvenile jail population. Finally, they are 58 percent of the youth sent to adult prisons. By: Rebecca Fontana and TJ Gallagher
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