Jacob Anderson, white male, rapist: no jail time.
Logan Michael Osborn, 19 year old white male, tied up and sexually assaulted a 14 year old girl: no jail time.
Cyntoia Brown, african american female who killed her own rapist in an act of self-defense: 51 years in prison.
Every time I turn on the news and hear stories like these, I am troubled by the state of our county’s criminal justice system. It is discriminative, and generally unacceptable. Only 12.3% of our nation's population is african american, but 37.2% of our prison population is.
So often, non-white Americans receive more severe punishment than their white counterparts for the same offenses. According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, prison sentences for black males are, on average, 19.5 percent longer than white males for the same crime.
Our criminal justice system is in desperate need of a reconstruction. People of color from all across the country are facing extreme punishments that they don't deserve. There is injustice in nearly all aspects of life in our country.
Although an absolute reform may seem demanding, it could be the only answer for the rectification of our society. The place to start with said reform is our criminal justice system.
Our constitution states that all men are created equal, and it is far past time we start living by it.