Fixing Our Criminal Injustice System By Alan Jenkins

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By Alan Jenkins
March 11th, 2008

Two important reports released in the last two weeks point to a critical challenge facing the next president and his or her attorney general, as well as states across the nation: fixing our broken criminal justice system to serve the interests of fairness, crime prevention and rehabilitation.First, the Pew Center on the States released a devastating report, One in 100: Behind Bars in America, finding that more than one in every 100 adults is now incarcerated in a US prison or jail. The numbers are 1 in 54 for men, 1 in 36 for Latino men, and 1 in 15 for African-American men.

A week later, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination released its review of U.S. compliance with an important treaty on the elimination of discrimination. The committee found that racial bias affects many U.S. systems and institutions and, particularly, our criminal justice system.


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4 thoughts on “Fixing Our Criminal Injustice System By Alan Jenkins

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  2. The facts speak for themselves, we can not afford to carry this burden forever, and our political system does not see the forest through the trees on this issue, all they do is make more restrictive laws that encarcrate more people. When are we going to finanly firgure out that the economic system of this country is the problem, with no money and opportunity people have no hope and turn to crime to get money. That’s the bottom line, and unless we end the get rich free card we give to the financial elite then this will never change, go read what Peter Cooper, founder of the Cooper Union said about this, this is not the first time this inequality has trasnpired in this country.

    Listen to his words, time for the people that get rich passing paper to back off and start taking care of the people or mark my words, you will never be able to hire enough police to stop the revolution.

    • JimHank, unfortunately it is going to get worse as the economy crashes.

      We need to end the jailing of drug users/dealers, that would empty out a lot of the prison population. States are not going to be able to afford to run these overpopulated prisons.

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