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Title: Race and America's Criminal Justice System
Author(s): V Schiraldi
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
San Francisco, CA 94103
National Institute of Justice/
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Ctr on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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San Francisco, CA 94103
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The recent case in Union, South Carolina, in which black men were rounded up and questioned by police about the abduction of two young children and other racial incidents underscore the harsh treatment of blacks by the criminal justice system.
Abstract: Nationally, one in four young black men is under some form of criminal justice control. While 78 percent of persons who use drugs in Sacramento, California, are white, only 34 percent of those arrested for drugs are white. Conversely, blacks represent 12 percent of Sacramento County's drug users but comprise 52 percent of those arrested for drugs. Crimes committed by minorities are generally punished more harshly than crimes committed by whites. Because black offenders cannot understand why the same society that makes them wait 6 months for a drug treatment program provides them with instant access to a prison cell, it is essential to design programs that rehabilitate rather than merely punish and to change the stereotyped profile of the average prisoner as a poor, young black man.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Black/White Crime Comparisons; California; Criminal justice system reform; Drug offenders; Male offenders; Offender statistics; Race-crime relationships; Racial discrimination
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