|A visual representation of states in the United States by number of imprisoned persons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Of course, the U.S. justice system, if it can even be called that these days, is also rife with racism. The BJS reports that although blacks do not commit crimes at a rate significantly different from whites, they account for 39.4 percent of the US prison population, while accounting for only 13.1 percent of the general population. Hispanics, who account for 20.6 percent of the prison population nationally, represent only 16.3 percent of the population. Another way of looking at things: In 2010 black non-Hispanic males were incarcerated at the rate of 4,347 inmates per 100,000 in the U.S. White males were incarcerated at the rate of 678 inmates per 100,000. Hispanic males were incarcerated at the rate of 1,755 inmates per 100,000 U.S.
The system is also rigged against the poor of whatever race, many of whom are actually, or for all practical purposes, denied the Constitutional right to a lawyer. | NationofChange