This centennial collection of essays and original research studies captures the varied spectrum of philosophies and concerns of the Board and staff of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) over the past century . The criminological experts represented in this volume are renowned for their study and research into the far reaches of this field of study. As a chronicle of the NCCD’s development, editors Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, and Christopher Baird include some of the most groundbreaking material to come out of the workings of this unique American institution.
Chapter 19: Racial Discrimination in Criminal Sentencing
Racial Discrimination in Criminal Sentencing
The accepted symbol of justice in America—as completely impartial and unswayed by color of skin and economic status—and the reality of justice are very different. There is no getting around the evidence: Racial minorities receive disproportionately stiffer sentences for comparable crimes, in spite of our system of justice that provides more safeguards for accused persons than in any other country. We can and must do better. Justice in America should not depend upon whether a person is a member of a minority group and poor, or a member of the majority group and affluent.
The inequalities in our criminal justice system implicate the courts in racial discrimination and bring disrespect on an esteemed institution. This no ...