Systemic Racial Inequality Within The Justice System

Our legal system was designed to promote fairness and work for justice. However, people of color, especially black men, are arrested and tried at higher rates than whites. Once they are arrested, blacks are disproportionately more likely to go to jail for the same crime whites commit. According to the Pew Research Center External link, blacks were “more than six times as likely as white men in 2010 to be incarcerated in federal and state prisons, and local jails.” In addition, “five times as many whites are using drugs as African-Americans, yet African-Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of whites .”

Here is a look at systemic issues social workers may need to be more aware of in order to challenge them head-on.

racial equality police stas

About 4% of American law enforcement agencies report police-involved shootings to the FBI. That is only 700 out of a total of 17,000 agencies.  Found on Huffington Post External link, based on an FBI Report External link

Police Ethics Stats Gallup Survey External link

Civil Rights StatsGallup Survey External link

excessive force stat The American Conservative , based on a U.S. Department of Justice study

report police abuse stat The American Conservative , based on a U.S. Department of Justice study

Racism and Judicial SystemDiscover the Networks 

NYPD Stop and FriskHuffington Post 

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March 5th, 2015 by   USC Social Work

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