Comments on: How the U.S. criminal justice system became wide-spread racial profiling http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/10/how-u-s-criminal-justice-transformed-into-wide-spread-racial-profiling/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: TheToast http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/10/how-u-s-criminal-justice-transformed-into-wide-spread-racial-profiling/#comment-1017820 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:38:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39439#comment-1017820 A major unaddressed problem here is that the theory behind criminal justice falls apart on some of these communities. By locking people away, as rehabilitation, punishment, or for safety of others, there is an assumption that whatever that person can do will be done by others. In communities with high incarceration rates, this falls apart. There simply aren’t even enough people to fill all of the required societal roles, which then leads to greater disenfranchisement of the next generation. Clearly, our current approach isn’t working.

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/10/how-u-s-criminal-justice-transformed-into-wide-spread-racial-profiling/#comment-887259 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:56:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39439#comment-887259 As a preferred Reuters commenter with well over a thousand posts, what did I say yesterday that my topical comment gets ignored? I get the feeling that Reuters authors are now the ones who approves/disapproves comments, according to their individual preferences and prejudices.

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By: Boguseconomist http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/10/how-u-s-criminal-justice-transformed-into-wide-spread-racial-profiling/#comment-870169 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:45:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39439#comment-870169 How many people of any color are in jail who have a net worth of a million or more? We hear about race-based shooting, but Black people are simply easier to spot within the broader group of those who don’t have the money to defend themselves.

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By: Boguseconomist http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/10/how-u-s-criminal-justice-transformed-into-wide-spread-racial-profiling/#comment-870168 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:45:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39439#comment-870168 How many people of any color are in jail who have a net worth of a million or more? We hear about race-based shooting, but Black people are simply easier to spot within the broader group of those who don’t have the money to defend themselves.

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By: hometown http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/10/how-u-s-criminal-justice-transformed-into-wide-spread-racial-profiling/#comment-858634 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:38:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39439#comment-858634 While I object to Professor Joseph’s generalizations about the police in the U.S., believing myself that less than one percent warrant his accusation of malfeasance (far better than most professions, except maybe brain surgeons), I join him in his ultimate goal, which I believe is that we wish more black men would join the un-incarcerated U.S. society willingly and gainfully. I think the police play a small role in that goal. I would focus on encouraging parents and other mentors to make their children comfortable with public safety people (police & fire & ambulance) and their procedures–usually through school or private tours of their facilities. Certainly, parents and other mentors (e.g. day care teachers using role play techniques) need to set an example of how to interact respectfully and safely with law enforcement & other public safety personnel. Also, Texas has shown great success recently in reducing prison numbers & repeat offenders by using professional mentors and support groups for paroled offenders, helping them gain confidence and a good resume in the job market. I wouldn’t lay this problem on the police–although I would never say that city councils shouldn’t improve their oversight of police, a job which we hired city councils and pay them to do. We can make progress faster on this issue by using the whole community, instead.

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By: AlkalineState http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/10/how-u-s-criminal-justice-transformed-into-wide-spread-racial-profiling/#comment-858236 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:40:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39439#comment-858236 We now have heavy-set local bankers paying to play cop, mistaking their revolvers for tasers and shooting people in the back of the neck. And what was the crime? The dead person was guilty of trying to sell a gun on craigslist.

Anybody else think the cop world has gotten into the steroid cabinet?

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By: pyradius http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/10/how-u-s-criminal-justice-transformed-into-wide-spread-racial-profiling/#comment-843153 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:16:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39439#comment-843153 Macedonian,

Apparently the article’s points flew right over your head as the article pretty distinctly points out ‘second chances’ to certain demographics, punitive legislation that ultimately targets certain racial demographics above others (for similar crimes).

At that point, the police are simply operating on confirmation bias. They set up a system that unfairly targets certain demographics which only serves to feed the statistical bias even more. The stats and the police reacting to the stats ultimately become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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By: AlkalineState http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/10/how-u-s-criminal-justice-transformed-into-wide-spread-racial-profiling/#comment-842632 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:22:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39439#comment-842632 Police = under-educated government thugs. If you like police, you love government.

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By: Rugeirn http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/10/how-u-s-criminal-justice-transformed-into-wide-spread-racial-profiling/#comment-824299 Sat, 11 Apr 2015 13:52:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39439#comment-824299 Police departments across the country fund themselves through “civil forfeiture” proceedings, which allow them to steal much of their funding from ordinary citizens. By funding themselves in this way, they escape the normal processes that civilian government uses to control police agencies. In essence, they become self-funded quasi-military cartels, like crime cartels in that they possess armed force and answer to no one. Until civil forfeiture is abolished, we have no hope of bringing our lawless law enforcement agencies under control.

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By: Flash1022 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/10/how-u-s-criminal-justice-transformed-into-wide-spread-racial-profiling/#comment-823988 Sat, 11 Apr 2015 13:09:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=39439#comment-823988 The “War On Drugs” intent is meant to control and disenfranchise blacks an latinos.

As a middle class white I dealt drugs paying my college tuition, provided funding for the IRA, and smoked while walking past police.

I am blessed and fortunate that my life was not ruined, particularly disappointing my parents.

It makes me mad that my being white middle class covered my activities, and those that did less than myself were targeted.

Being older and Catholic I now devote much time to social justice issues.

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