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Debate whether the criminal justice system is not racist .

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1. Debate this statement: Criminal justice is not racist.

In response to the statement that criminal justice is not racist, critics would argue that our criminal laws, while facially neutral (not racist), are enforced in a manner that is massively and pervasively biased. Most would agree.

In fact, Beal (n.d.) argues that racial disparity in the criminal justice system may well be the most profound civil rights crisis facing African Americans today. Blacks have been making the accusation for decades that the nation has implemented a social policy of locking up youth of color in an ever-expanding prison industrial complex, while at the same time slashing public education programs to the bone. In fact, criminal justice racism is verified in recent studies and lend support to the loud complaint from Black and Latino communities over the years that there is a racist streak running down the back of the U.S. criminal justice system.

For example, a series of recent studies and reports show that these accusations are founded not in paranoia, but in the actual racist administration of what passes for criminal justice in this country. Beal concludes that in one critical arena - criminal justice - racial inequality is growing, not receding. They might also argue, like Beal (n.d.) that the injustices of the criminal justice system threaten to render irrelevant fifty years of hard-fought civil rights progress." In support of this is one of the conclusions in Justice on Trial: Racial Disparities in the American Criminal Justice System, a 1999 report published by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. The report confirms something that Blacks have been saying for years: that the criminalization of youth of color and the ever-expanding prison population is ...

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This solution thoroughly debates this statement: Criminal justice is not racist. Research validated and supplemented with an informative article extending the debate. References are provided.

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