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Gender, Race and Criminal Justice

 
 
Reply Sun 26 Apr, 2015 07:01 am
It is a fact that African-Americans are more likely to be victims of violent crime then White Americans.

Yet the system of justice is tilted to protect white people. Given equal circumstances where a perpetrator is convicted, people who attack a White person get significantly greater sentences than they attack an African-American.

It is common to believe women are in danger in public and need to be protected. Many people are surprised to find out that this is factually incorrect.

Women in the U.S. are statistically less likely to be victims of violent crimes than men (according to the US government BJS victimization numbers) when you consider all violent crimes as a whole. Women are less likely to be murdered, beaten, stabbed, mugged or victims of any category of violent crime except for sexual assault.

Yet, our system of justice is tilted to protect women. Given equal circumstances where a perpetrator is convicted, people who attack women get significantly greater sentences than when they attack men.

The safest demographic group in the US according to any objective measure is White women. The demographic group most at risk is Black men from everything from violent crime on the streets, to being shot by law enforcement.

Shouldn't the criminal justice system match the reality about who is really at risk rather than responding to public prejudice?
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Reply Sun 26 Apr, 2015 07:21 am
@maxdancona,
If what you say is correct, what do you uggest should be the overhaul procedure in our criminal justice system, ignore every third crime against women? Do we quash some propotion of criminal complaints if they involve blacks?



Im not sure yu have a valid point, how do you interpret the statement that the entire "system of jutice is tilted to protect white women"?

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maxdancona
 
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Reply Sun 26 Apr, 2015 08:47 am
@farmerman,
For starters, I propose equal sentences for equal crimes.

The severity of the punishment should match the severity of the crime. They should have nothing to do with the race and gender of the victim. Sentencing fairness is something that is easy to define and measure.



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Reply Sun 26 Apr, 2015 08:53 am
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Sun 26 Apr, 2015 08:59 am
@maxdancona,
The other issue is challenging social stereotypes.

Women are often seen as vulnerable, at risk, and in need of protection. Black men are seen as aggressive and dangerous. In truth it is Black men who are most at risk in our society. Black men are, by far, most likely to be murdered or victims of violent crime.

Challenging popular prejudice is an important part of societal change.
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