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In the current paradigm, the only tolerated answer for why so many black people are in jail (and why they are arrested at such a disproportionate than whites) is due to white supremacy, structural inequalities, and racism deeply imbedded in the criminal justice system.
The simple, logical reason being blacks commit the vast amount of crime in America, and are thus imprisoned for their actions is verboten, an unforgivable sin by any who dares utter or write such blasphemy.
[Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby: Flawed criminal justice system is black Americans’ biggest civil rights issue, Baltimore Sun, November 17, 2019]:
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby on Saturday cited a flawed American criminal justice system as the single largest civil rights issue facing black residents in Maryland today, saying her office has taken strides toward reducing disparities but still has more to do.
“Black people are six times more likely to be arrested and become a part of the criminal justice system [than] whites,” Mosby said at the fall symposium of the University of Baltimore Law Review, which was headlined, “400 Years: Slavery and the Criminal Justice System.”
“You have an overmilitarization of police departments all across the country, racially unjust application of laws against poor black and brown people, [and] collateral consequences of these convictions that have kept black and brown people and communities [as] second-class citizens,” she said.
Her comments were just some of many Saturday — from prosecutors, defense attorneys, law students, academics and other community stakeholders — that sought to center the legacy of racial injustice in a conversation on how best to move Baltimore and Maryland forward.
As some of the most influential stakeholders in that system, Mosby said prosecutors like her have an obligation to reduce disparities by providing opportunities for young people before they come into contact with the system, alternatives for returning felons who are too often sidelined economically because of their criminal records, and means for seeking redress for those wrongfully accused or convicted.
Mosby cited efforts by her office to do all of the above, including her hosting of youth events, her decision to stop prosecuting marijuana possession in Baltimore, her successful push to vacate convictions that hinged on the word of corrupt police officers and her office’s Conviction Integrity Unit, which reviews past cases thrown into question by new evidence.
She said her approach differs from that of many other prosecutors in the country, but that addressing racial inequities built into the system is something all prosecutors should be doing, in part because it will ultimately contribute to public safety.
The Democrat’s comments were in contrast to a tough-on-crime platform Mosby ran on when she first sought office five years ago, and came as Baltimore nears the end of its fifth consecutive year with 300 or more homicides.
At the law school forum, Mosby was joined on a panel — titled “Collaborative Methods to Reduce Mass Incarceration” — by Baltimore Public Defender Kirsten Downs, Democratic Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy and Brianna Ford, who is deputy director of the university’s Innocence Project Clinic. All agreed they must work together to erase the legacy of racism in their field.
As black elected/appointed officials control more major American cities and entire counties, you can easily expect for decriminalization of basically any and all crime to end racial disparities in who/whom is in jail.
Baltimore is a 70 percent black city, dominated by black elected/appointed officials, such as Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. It also happens to be one of the most violent cities in not just the USA, but the entire world, precisely because individual blacks collectively commit virtually all of the violent crime in the city.
But Mrs. Mosby believes these violent black criminals are innocent, with the criminal justice the real guilty party in this sordid equation.
So how long until we see a majority black city, with a black mayor and a black police chief, just end the charade and make it illegal to arrest blacks for crimes they commit?