The criminal justice system has been around as early as the 1840s. Since then, it has gone through make moments where justice found, but there have also been moments where justice wasn't found. However, there are several underlying injustices within the criminal justice system.
First, adapting to life after prison is a very hard for felons, especially if they are of color. Unemployment rates increase, making it harder to find a job or keep a job, to the extent of where they aren't able to fend for themselves or their family. For more information, click below:
Police brutality is also an issue that mostly, african americans face within the system. According to a new study conducted by Frank Edwards, of Rutgers University's School of Criminal Justice, in the U.S., African Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police that white people. For black woman, the rate is 1.4 times more likely. The researchers used verified data on police killings from 2013 to 2018 from the website Fatal Encounters. Black men and boys face the highest risk of being killed by police at a rate of 96 out of 100,000 deaths. Whereas white boys and men have a rate of 39 out of 100,000 deaths. That risk is greatest between the ages of 20 and 35 for men and women overall, and men are far more likely to be killed than women.
On August 9th, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, which sparked national outrage. The Black Lives Movement grew out of that moment, and debate continues about how and why people of color are targets for police violence.
In 2016, the Pew Research Center surveyed the public's opinions about police performance and found wide gaps in perception between black and white respondents. In the survey, only 33 percent of African Americans said police do a good or excellent job of using the right amount of force in each encounter compared to the 75 percent of white Americans who believed in the judgement of police.
Police brutality is an everyday issue that blacks and other people of color have to deal with. A lot deal with that constant terrorism from police, to the point where police don't seem like the safest option to return to.
Police brutality and life after prison aren't the only injustices faced. A major one, is the war on drugs. The war on drugs was started in the 70s, to disrupt the black community later confirmed by Nixon's adviser. Since the 70s, the war on drugs has continued to disrupt the black community. For more information, click below.