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Is Justice Really Blind?
Transcript of Is Justice Really Blind?
Ashley Clemente, Alex Freedman, Mohamed Mehdi & Jasmine Roddey
The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, esp. on the grounds of
, age, or sex.
a look into the problem of racial discrimination in America
"Black Woman Gets 20 years in Jail for 'Standing and Defending'
Herself against Abuse"
cOLOR-bLIND jUSTICE sYSTEM?
RACIAL DISPARITIES IN INCARCERATION
African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population
According to Unlocking America, if African American and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates of whites, today's prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50%
One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime
1 in 100 African American women are in prison
Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests, 44% of youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice).
[Source: NAACP Criminal Justice Fact Sheet]
Trayvon Martin vs. George Zimmerman
(racial profiling or self defense?)
"...Yet women and girls, and particularly women of color, are sexually assaulted, raped, brutally strip-searched, beaten, shot and killed by law enforcement agents with alarming frequency..."
-Andrea J. Ritchie
Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Color
Andrea J. Ritchie
Female victims of abuse rely on police officers to dispense justice on their afflictors, but officers see their vulnerability as an opportunity to take advantage of them sexually.Those who are undocumented or do not speak English receive this treatment the most.
Officers make the excuse that they are fighting the War on Drugs or the War on Terror.
Ritchie advocates community response to cases where women are the victim, independent from police intervention.
The Prison Industrial Complex
Angela Y. Davis
Prisons are not doing their jobs in deterring crime, but they still function because private corporations exploit them.
Prisons are becoming highly populated, not because crime rate is increasing, but because racial discrimination is being used to generate a large prison work force.
This issue is being ignored because of the idea of "crime and punishment".
Texas Officers Beating Woman
"...Whether this human raw material is used for purposes of labor or for the consumption of commodities directly implicated in the prison industrial complex, it is clear that black bodies are considered dispensable within the 'free world' but as a major source of profit in the prison world..." -Angela Y. Davis
Private Prison System
The 2 leading providers of private prison systems are Corrections Corporation of America and the Geo Group
These groups operate like any other 3rd party government contractor i.e. Lockheed Martin
Cost analysis models do show that private prisons provide between a 12 and 59 % long term savings rate, depending on the state (http://bit.ly/1bppwl7)
However, private prisons, as a result of poorly trained personnel and the lack of oversight have shown to take a laissez-faire approach to prison violence (http://bit.ly/zqq6tQ)
Additionally, private prisons have been shown to be a major contributor to mass incarceration through various lobbying and legislative efforts (http://bit.ly/R7Qee0)
The Private Prison Problem
How to solve the broken prison system?
Promote a culture of rehabilitation over incarceration
Punishment Fails. Rehabilitation Works
Legislative efforts against racialized policies
No to Mandatory Minumums
3 strikes and you're out
End the "War on Drugs"
"People, I just want to say, can't we all get along? Can't we all get along?"-- Rodney King
The Private Prison Problem