All posts tagged: Crime and Justice

Criminal Justice?

Informed voters realize that our criminal justice system suffers from injustices. It does not respect the rights of all who come in contact; we are a nation who has become the world’s largest jailer, even ahead of Russia and China. Over the past thirty years, the prison population has increased by an astonishing 371%. Statistics indicate that with only 5% of the world’s population, the U .S. has 25% of the world’s prisoners! A 127% jump from 1987 in cost, yet, in this same time period spending on higher education rose just 21%. The question is: How do we go about dealing effectively with discrimination and unnecessary punishment for non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual offenders who fill our jails and prisons? A film, The House I live In, presented May 14 at Crawford High School and attended by several club members, thoughtfully depicts the negative effects of a system, in which decades of racially bias and ineffective criminal justice policies were established throughout our nation. Afterward the producer, David Kuhn, and the ACLU of San Diego …