Lady Justice

“With Liberty and Justice for all”, It’s these words that necessitate the constitution that is the embodiment of the American spirit and gives us the right to live freely with the same level of humanity and law. So why does it today we no longer uphold this tradition that has been around for centuries. If you remember the plot of Shawshank Redemption when the main protagonist’s character was set up to go to prison to work in the jail. Picture that same scenario all across the country. It’s seems that the justice system in this country has become one sided and truly works for the fortunate and not less fortunate. If you don’t believe me how many bank CEO’s do you know went to jail for the financial crisis during the recessions beginning.

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For every Bernie Madoff, there are hundreds of lower income individuals who fight against a system that entraps them into a cycle of prosecution without enough just cause and receive a sentence before the ink dries that are handwritten by the arresting officer. If you look at the stats since 2007 spending on correctional facilities outweighed public defense, $14 dollars for every $1 dollar spent on public defense. According to the National Association of Criminal Lawyers a public defender on average has 7 minutes in New Orleans to review a case and cities like Atlanta have 59 minutes on average to look over the preliminaries in the case. It boils down to there are not enough public defenders and not enough money to help the poor and unprivileged, so they fall by the waist side and expected to pick themselves up.95% of cases met by public defenders are plead guilty simply because the resources and time simply are there. It’s hard to fight for a defendant when the same systems outspends you 3.5 billion to 300 million in favor of the police and facilities.

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If you’re not convinced yet that the deck is stacked think about this. The US is only 5% of the world’s population,but we have 25% of the world’s prison population. 1 in 31 adults have been under some form of correctional control. African Americans have it worse than a lot of other ethnic groups. They make up 1 million out of the 2.3 million incarcerated population. To grasp the incentives prisons get for inmates, correctional facilities receive $70 billion a year and these are the numbers back in 2008. Those numbers have absolutely gone up.

Some socio-economic groups don’t have to worry about jail time as much as others. For individuals like Ethan Couch, who is a 16 year old boy who was given 10 years probation for killing four people and paralyzing one after a joyride gone wrong. He got such a soft sentencing because of  affluenza or believing that this kid is so spoiled and rich he doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong. My question is, doesn’t this make him a borderline psychopath and should be psychoanalyzed. Another case is Robert H. Richards  IV who was convicted of raping his 3 year old girl and sexually abusing his 19 month son at the same time. This was only brought to light since Richards ex wife brought a civil suit against him for the abuse of the son after the case of the daughter got such a light sentence. Oh!!! I forgot to mention Richards did not serve one day in jail, since the judge determined he would not farewell in jail. Truly the justice system has been up for sale for sometime now.

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