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Our Criminal Justice System Is Broken, And Jeff Sessions Has No Interest In Fixing It

To the amaze of no one who took the time to read about Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III( our new attorney general ), his a blueprint for our criminal justice system are belligerently regressive. He’s going to roll back recent police reforms, reopen the private prison system, stop investigating and monitoring local police departments and eliminate the National Commission on Forensic Science. You may be asking yourself why an attorney general would do this given the current tenor of the two countries considering law enforcement and the flagrant, systemic issues within our system?

Well, according to Sessions, it’s because he belief “it is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies.”

In other terms, he’s announcing, “it ain’t my job.” Jeff Sessions conceives our current system would be better off if we dialed back all that talking here police reform, drug reform, and adequate representation. He prefers the old path we did things. You know, back before that cluster of radicals walked over that bridge in Alabama.

It’s worth noting 😛 TAGEND

This is the same guy who allegedly agreed with a magistrate who called a white lawyer a “disgrace to his race” for representing a black client.

This is the same guy allegedly called the ACLU and the NAACP “un-American.”

This is the same guy who called marijuana “only slightly less awful” than heroin.

This is the same guy who called the Voting Rights Act “intrusive.”

This is the same guy who charged civil rights activists with voter scam for doing exactly the same thing white people had is being done for years without prosecution.

This is the same guy who was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 for all of the aforementioned, racist statements and actions.

A great number of people thought it was a terrible hypothesi to make this human the highest ranking law enforcement agent in the property given that the system he would be leading has such a sordid history of promoting racial inequality. But, it happened, and so far it’s travelling simply the path people feared it would.

And it’s a big deal.

Mass incarceration and the rise of the prison industrial complex is a massive issue facing home countries. In instance you haven’t see, our criminal justice system is profoundly shortcoming. Since the very first time a gavel are attached to its counterpart and reverberated throughout a courtroom on U.S. soil, our system has been unequally applied, tilted even–on the precipice of tipping over. Have we evolved? Sure, we no longer throw people in jail for dating someone of another race, or for sitting in the front of the bus or for using a water fountain to be given to white people, but we’ve actually merely limped on from the 1960 s. We’re still quite draconian, we’re simply better at hiding it–the inequality is less direct, more layered. Our institutional racism has more depth to it than it used to.

Minimum convicts for crack self-possession are 18x longer than minimum convicts for cocaine possession–even though they’re the same drug in different forms. That’s better than the 100:1 gap applied until the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, but it still disproportionally targets poor, mainly black neighborhoods.

Research by the Herald Tribune analyzing data regarding the Florida Department of Corrections found that blacks received far longer convicts than lily-whites convicted of the same crimes.

courtesy of Herald Tribune

According to data collected by the Prison Policy Initiative, one in five people currently incarcerated are serving sentences for non-violent drug offenses. Of the estimated 2.3 million people currently incarcerated, that signifies around 460,000 of them are locked up for medications. That is an obscene amount, especially given the fact that it equates the incarceration total of 1986, and it doubles the incarceration rates of each year until the mid-‘ 70 s.

It was in the’ 70 s when Nixon’s war on medications began to make an impact and our prison system started to evolve into the monstrous, industrial behemoth it is today.

Here’s some data from The Sentencing Project 😛 TAGEND

courtesy of The Sentencing Project

Quite an uptick wouldn’t you say?

Research conducted by the Pew in 2013 found that the exponential rise in mass incarceration is no longer a steady rise across the board racially. In 1960, before the Civil Rights Act had passed and discrimination was legal, pervasive and normal, black mortals were five times more likely to be incarcerated than white mortals. In 2010, four decades after the Civil Rights Act, with a black U.S. president two years into his first word and many Americans belief we were living in a post-racial commonwealth, black mortals were six times more likely to be incarcerated than white men.

courtesy of the Pew Research Center

This January, the Department of Justice determined that the Chicago Police Department had regularly shall include participation in discriminatory practices and an array of civil rights violations. A year prior, a similar examine on the Baltimore Police Department grew identical findings. The BPD was found to engage in” implementation strategies that grow severe and unjustified the gaps in the rates of stops, searches and the arrest and detention of African Americans [.]” Both police force( the 2nd and 23 rd largest in the two countries respectively) transgressed the Fourth Amendment safeguarding against illegal scour and seizure.

The Obama administration seemed to recognize that reform was needed and that the gap of imprisonment was due to the targeting of poor, mainly black vicinities, the over-sentencing for minor misdemeanours and the lack of proper legal representation. They took small steps to address these issues, but, frankly, they didn’t do enough. The readjustments were incremental and designed to be built upon.

Now they are primed to be erased.

You will not hear much about police reform, community involvement, figure cameras, proper legal representation, improving prove collection methods, tackling rampant convict inequalities, police barbarism or any other issue therein for the foreseeable future.

Black lives clearly don’t matter much to Jeff Sessions.

He’s washing his hands of the whole thing, and America will be far worse off for it.

Originally published on The Overgrown .

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