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Is Justice Blind? Essay

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Is Justice Blind?The first recorded case of the disparity in the legal system after a trial took place in a courtroom in Virginia in 1640. Three indentured servants ran away from their master - one white Dutchman, one white Scotsman and one black man. Due to the poor living conditions they were living in they decided to run away and have a "fresh" start. The three men were captured and stood trial together. The two white men were sentenced to an additional one-year to their current master and an additional three years serving the colony. The one black man was sentenced to being indentured to the master and/or the colony for the rest of his natural life. This was the case of In Re Negro John Punch (Higginbotham 1). Why did this man get singled out for the extra-severe punishment? Was there disparity even before the case was brought to court? Has the relatively recent Civil Rights Movement of the mid-twentieth century made any positive effects on the legal and judicial system when it comes to the differences in the ways that blacks and non-blacks are treated?In many ways, the United States has made significant progress over the last half century toward the objective of ensuring equal treatment under law for all citizens. If someone were to look up the definition of Civil Rights Movement in the United States, they would see that it is a political, legal, and social struggle by black Americans to gain full citizenship rights and to achieve racial equality. Even if the person understands the definition, there is no way you can sum up what it really is in one sentence. Black Americans have been fighting for decades to gain their freedom and receive their equal rights. But in one critical area - criminal justice - racial inequality is growing, not receding. Our criminal laws, which are supposed to be neutral, are enforced in a manner that is extremely and disturbingly biased. The injustices of the criminal justice system threaten to render irrelevant 50 years of hard-fought civil rights progress.In recent years, the number of adult Americans in jail or prison has grown at an unprecedented rate. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, America's jails and prisons held approximately 578,800 people in 1980. By 1990, that number had grown to 1,148,702 inmates. In 1998, by mid-year, our prison and jail population had risen to over 1.8 million persons. These numbers describe an increase in our use of incarceration that would have been hard for most observers to imagine twenty years ago.Racial disparity in the criminal justice system may be the most profound civil rights crisis facing America in the new century. It undermines the progress we have made over the past five decades in ensuring equal treatment under the law and calls into doubt our national faith in the rule of law. One of the most thorough studies of sentencing disparities occurred in the New York courts between 1990 and 1992 (New York Felony Study 2). State researchers concluded that...

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