Is It Possible for Justice for All
June 24, 2013 American prisons have a disparity of minority inmate population, and one of the reasons this is so is because of the manner the judicial system operates. The investigator chose this topic because there are many African Americans and Hispanics that have been incarcerated for crimes they committed, as well as for crimes they didn’t commit, and because of their cultural background they were given severer sentencing. After performing the research the investigator found that many factors played a big part in the incarceration of minorities that included, ethnicity and gender. Although there is a high crime rate in minority areas, there are more …show more content…
There were no co-defendants in Pennington’s case, so he didn’t have to worry about either taken the rap for the entire crime, or having to worry if his co-defendant would blame the entire crime on him. Pennington described his experience as being “fair” (Pennington 2013). There were a mixture of nationalities working on the case, so he really couldn’t tell if there was any racism being shown. So from what the inspector gathered from the interview so far is that not all minorities are treated unfairly, and that maybe it depends on the person that is being tried for the crime, and the way that they carry themselves during the process.
Interviewer three, whose last name is Watson stated that she was falsely accused of a crime that she never committed, nor had any knowledge of it being committed, but because the person that accused her of the crime somehow had ways to prove she committed the crime, made her guilty (Watson 2013). Watson stated that she had alibies that could prove that she was nowhere she was claimed to be as well as had evidence to prove her innocence. When asked if her evidence was used in the case, she responded by saying “it wasn’t considered evidence, and that the DA’s fought to have it removed from the case” (Watson 2013). She went on to state that because she was a female the judge stated that he would make an example out of her so the rest of the women will know that gender doesn’t matter in his court room,