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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 09:02 AM

 

Affirmative Justice

SO, my friends and I were talking over coffee the other day, and I wanted to hear what other DUer's thought.

So, we all know as a matter of fact that the American justice system is horrendously racist, the police are racist, and juries are racist. Minority populations are more likely to get convicted and charged with crimes and get longer sentences, all on account of white (majority) juries and cops. Yet how do we reconcile the problem when the deck is so unfairly stacked against non-whites.

And then it hit me- we have Affirmative Action to correct imbalances due to white racism in the job market. Why not Affirmative Justice?

Basically, we look at crime/conviction statistics in an area, and adjust people's prisons sentences/charges to bring them in line so that the prison is staffed based on population.

For example- let's say the current prison in a city is 50% black, 35% white, 14% hispanic/latino, and 1% other. Now, the city's POPULATION is 65% white, 3% other, 12% hispanic/latino, and 20% black.

"Other" and whites would be unaffected. HOWEVER, hispanic/latinos would have charges downgraded so that the prison is only be 12% of that, and black men would receive a substantial downgrade to all their charges so that they would only comprise of 20% of the jail.

The population would be reviewed on a yearly basis and adjustments made as needed.

What do you all think?

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Response to Spryguy (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:25 AM

1. Quotas were tossed quite some time ago

and have never been applied in judicial circumstances. To do so would require a higher court to admit to bias in the courts. Not going to happen

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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 09:05 PM

2. Oh, I know that part.

 

The courts are run by old white men still. It's a pie in the sky dream, but still worth discussion.

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