have not been denied bail or handed harsh sentencing as experienced in the 20 th century. Racial Profiling and White Privilege The fight for fair and credible justice is given a first-hand priority in these protests by the African Americans as they often fall victims of the negative consequences of the police brutality. On the other side, white people have continued to reap from the benefits of the color and being born from a white background. The whites have reaped from the advantages of a state that has majorly been referred to by DuBois, American sociologist, like white privilege. The fact that they arise or born into this background gives them an upper hand over the African Americans and can easily be favored by a criminal justice system. Racial profiling and white privilege are both sociological concepts that have informed on the way of life that impact the society in a much negative way. The manner in which importance is attached to the background and skin color of an individual bore with it circumstances that grants advantages to the whites than the blacks. The United States is full of experiences which led to the racial segregation of the Blacks. Noting that being white is a race, it is less talked of and only associated racially in faded criteria. The moment one is able to mention anything about race, Black is often associated with it. Whiteness essentially has been taken as a way of life and this proves in at length the privileges benefited from for being white. Crime situation and criminal justice are less associated with whiteness and whenever a white criminal is judged, punishment is less harsh. A case study on the same is on the judgment of a student found sexually assaulting a lady and prosecution suggesting that he be given a full six-year sentence. The judge overrules this decision and handed down a six-month county jail term on the basis that the six-year
Racial Profiling 11 sentence was severe. The kind of sympathy the judge had on the student details the privilege which the whites possess in most areas of their life and especially in criminal justice. Police Discretion and Justice Discretion is a term that is used in the sense that the police possess some powers in the dispensation of their mandate. This is in terms of planning and controlling some aspects of the population. This helps ensures that the police provide the best services to the citizens and therefore has become an essential tool in service delivery. Discretion in this manner is not restricted by a law as it depends solely with the judgment provided by the one using the tool thereby opening it up to the often misuse of this key tool by law enforcers. In modern days, discretion is a critical tool in developing a well-functioning policing endeavor but often its scope and limits are well not defined thus causing ambiguity [ CITATION Sim111 \l 2057 ].
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