Modern Legal system

Just recent was an article that was talking about a homeless black male who decided to rob a bank and take a 100 dollar bill. The next day he felt guilty for what he did, so he turned himself in and turns out he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Some would say that now he has a roof over his head and he doesn’t have to be “ homeless “ anymore but when I read this I thought the sentence was extremely harsh. Right above this article was another, it was about a white collar white male who was just convicted of a 3 billion dollar fraud, one of the biggest frauds in history affecting millions of families, and after he was convicted he has to serve 3 to 4 years in jail. If this isn’t fair then I don’t know what is. I don’t see how a fraud of this magnitude can be justified by 3 to 4 years in jail while a homeless guy just trying to survive by taking a hundred dollar bill gets 15 years of his life for it. Some might think race could of played a role in these situations. The Black male getting a harsher penalty because he was black, and the white male practically getting off the hook for unknown reasons. Either way, this seems too unfair to me and unjust. I ask myself if the homeless man was blasted with this sentence due to the stereotype of criminal black men, or if the fraudulent criminal was let off the hook due to the color of his skin and the stereotype of an innocent petty white collar worker.

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One Response to Modern Legal system

  1. dcoleman03 says:

    By chance to you know the white guys position in society? White collar crime, is a crime committed in the work place by a respected, high status individual within the company. Statistics show that white collar criminals are less likely to have their cases dismissed and if they are convicted they are more likely to be sentenced to probation and have shorter sentences than “street criminals”, like the homeless man.
    Yes, this is definitely a sad case, but it has existed for years and that is why many people believe the justice system should create uniform sentencing, the same sentence is given to anyone that commits a specific crime.

    Henslin, James M. Social Problems: A down to earth approach. 10ed. Pearson, 2011. Print

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