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Criminal Justice System in th U.S

26). African Americans, for example, though representing only 13 percent of illegal drug users in the US, comprise 74 percent of the population arrested for drug possession (Roach, 2002, p. 27). Nationwide, once an African American teenager is convicted of a drug crime, that teen is 48 times more likely to be sentenced to prison than a Caucasian teen convicted of the same crime (Palmberg, 2003, p. 17).

If the US is to achieve racial and social parity in its criminal justice system, it must be prepared to enforce a radical shift in its social welfare philosophy. Because racial minorities are overrepresented in the lower classes, the first step in addressing racism in the justice system is to address the neighborhoods that are ...

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