Disparity and Discrimination

Disparity and Discrimination Essay
Angela Rosado
AUGUST 9, 2010
David Deenihan

Disparity and Discrimination Essay

The American criminal justice system was designed for the sole purpose of equal rights among American’s, which is why we have due process, and fair and equal treatment for all individuals that live in America.   However, disparity and discrimination are still a part of our criminal justice system today, especially with the professionals’ that work within our criminal justice system and those that deal with the public.   Here I will show the contrast and the differences that are between disparity and discrimination as they both are related to the justice system today; it will show how discrimination and disparity plays a role within our criminal justice system as it is today.
      First to understand about our criminal justice system, we must first learn what the terms Discrimination and Disparity mean in our justice system, the term discrimination means-
An act of discriminating against another person or group of individuals, Treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination (unionlearders.com)
The term disparity means -lack of similarity or equality; inequality; difference: a disparity in age; disparity in rank (dictionary.com).   In today’s society discrimination still exist; there are many changes that we as a nation must overcome.   One of the worst problems that we see in today’s society of America is discrimination of race.   Racial discrimination has been around for centuries, discrimination can be seen all over the nation and we see just how much it has affected our justice system.   For example, there has been many reported cases of the police racial profiling different people; many believe that the police main...