The Criminal Justice System in the United States of America was established with noble intentions. The basis of the system can be traced back from the first book of the Bible Genesis, and the story of Cain and Able. The criminal justice system was established to be morally suitable for a growing diverse society. Moral dilemmas within the system arise from concerns related to principles of officials’ right and wrong behavior. These principles are often embedded into a culture of the human character, in other words, viewed as essential to the criminal justice system. This biblical story mentioned above has defined the way justice has been administered for thousands of years. The quote "Eye for an eye" continues to be the standard adopted by courts throughout the ages. Race is an issue. Ignoring in turn ignores the role played by whites, who created race as a concept," and allows whites to "forget" or claim innocence (2005, pp. 32-35).
A working definition of moral issue in the criminal justices system is that which involves a specific kind of situation, i.e., the acts which affect other people. Minority Groups may think that if an issue is of moral concern then it is an issue involving some wrong action. We can agree that crime is disproportionately an urban problem; therefore, Black men are also disproportionately the victims of violent crime in the capital. The Bureau of Justice Statistics has recorded the following data on all homicides; White victims 50.9%, Black victims 46.9%, offenders White 45.8%, Black 52.2%. The complete truth is that 5% to 10% of Americans including both poor black and white youths are becoming violent crime victims at record rates.
Many public policymakers and administrators have addressed issues within the criminal justice system. The morally acceptable course of action for a criminal justice official, regardless of position, often may deviate from the rules and orders governing their office even in a reasonably just system (Kimberley Brownlee, 2009). Moral issues within law enforcement, the courts and the corrections system have made it complex and difficult to navigate fairly throughout the criminal justice system. Enforcement strategies, court practices and the incarceration rates have created discrimination towards minority groups. Carelessness and unintentional actions are moral issues. The criminal justice system has failed to account for operational procedure which creates the perception of discrimination.
The moral issues with law enforcement, with many questionable practices, have damaged public trust. A New York Times’ story relays a graphic breakdown of police stops by race: blacks made up 55 percent of all stops in 2009, though they are only 23 percent of the city’s population; whites accounted for 10 percent of all stops, though they are 35 percent of the city’s population; Hispanics made up 32 percent of all stops, though only 28 percent of the population, and Asians, 3 percent of...