« We have 5% of the globe’s population but 25% of the world’s imprisoned people, and a significant majority of these prisoners are nonviolent offenders. It costs our economy about a quarter of a trillion dollars per year. Incarceration in America has exploded in the last 30 years, expanding over 800 times.
One of the most shameful aspects of the system: it systematically criminalizes poor and minority Americans. For example, there is no difference in marijuana usage between Black and White Americans, but Black Americans are arrested for possession 3.7 times the rate of whites. What this all means: massive growth in the prison population creating rates of incarceration in minority communities which are stunning and unacceptable. There are more African Americans under criminal supervision today than all of the slaves in America in 1850.
It’s time for a pointed national conversation about our justice system focused on the crisis it has created ». Senator Cory Booker.
CNN. There is a startling racial divide in America between how whites and nonwhites view police and the criminal justice system, according to a CNN / ORC poll released today.
More than half of white Americans – 57% – think none or almost none of the police in their area are prejudiced against blacks. Just one quarter of nonwhite Americans feel the same way.
The survey, which was mostly conducted before the shooting of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in New York on Saturday, found similar results on perceptions of the justice system as a whole. While 41% of Americans say the criminal justice system treats blacks fairly, far more whites – 50% – see equity. Among nonwhites, that figure drops to just 21%. Two-thirds of nonwhites said that the criminal justice system favors whites over blacks.
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