The Criminal Justice System

The Criminal Justice System - The Criminal Justice System

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The Criminal Justice System Becoming a crime statistic is probably the greatest fear among Americans. To deal with crime and  deter criminals, American society makes use of  formal  social controls, particularly the criminal justice  system. Sadly, the American criminal justice system is biased. The likelihood of being arrested,  convicted, and sentenced appears to be clearly related to finances and social status.  The poor are more likely than the wealthy to be arrested for any category of crime. Why?  Unlike the wealthy who can commit crimes in the seclusion of their offices or homes,  the poor have little privacy. This means the poor are more visible to the police, as well as to  other citizens who may complain to law officials. Biases in police training and experience may cause police officers to blindly blame  crimes on certain groups, such as people of color and lower-class juveniles. Finally, the fear of political pressure and “hassles” may prompt law enforcement 
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