The costs of inequality: A goal of justice, a reality of unfairness

Colleen Walsh’s write-up “The costs of inequality: A goal of justice, a reality of unfairness,” (fifth in a series on inequality) published in Harvard Gazette is an eye-opener in that it has exposed the US criminal justice system imprisoning millions of people of which the black population occupies a stark portion. According the article, the US puts 2.2 million people behind the bar, which is more than any other country in the world. More appalling, nearly one-fourth of the world’s jailbirds are detained in American prison. Scholars and pundits dealing with law and human rights have found these figures horrendously disquieting. They opine that the organism of US criminal justice falls a dreadful impact on all black men and finds blackness and criminality synonymous in a manner that “affects the entire black population, especially the entire black male population.” Nearly two-thirds of African-American male almost without any high literacy will have the taste of their imprisoned life. For Bruce Western: “The use of solitary confinement is a brutal aspect of American incarceration.” I really find this intervention intriguing and provoking as it draws our attention to several burning questions in relation to US criminal justice system. Hence, I feel it reasonable to bring this article to your notice for your reading through. Please have a look at it in URL Link.

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Monday, February 29, 2016