A two-tiered justice system isn’t justice at all. It’s racism, plain and simple.
Institutionalized racism exists in this country and nowhere is this more apparent than our criminal justice system. Black Americans are more likely than whites to be arrested, charged, wrongfully convicted, or given longer prison sentences — for the exact same crimes. And Latinx adults are 3 times more likely to be incarcerated than whites. It’s no wonder the United States has 5% of the world’s people yet nearly 20% of the world’s prison population.
We criminalize too many things and imprison people for far too long, all to prop up a for-profit prison model that generates billions of dollars a year. Once again, the Good Old Boys reap the riches, while the poor and disadvantaged suffer at the hands of a two-tiered justice system.
Georgia Can’t Wait Solution: We must retrain how police and prosecutors engage with our communities. We should end cash bail and for-profit prisons, abolish the death penalty, and decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. We must also devote more resources to in-prison rehabilitation and to re-entry programs once folks get out. There’s no reason people transitioning back into society should have to go it alone when our communities can help.