Criminal Justice

After the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, the Department of Justice completed an investigation, and in their report stated that the criminal justice system has “criminalized poverty.”

Their comments were based on the fact that the town’s revenue was largely based on funds from petty arrests and fines, especially to those who cannot afford to pay fines. Those who cannot afford to pay fines would then incur financial penalties for non-payment, which lead to jail sentences.

Explain this phenomena in your own words, including perspectives from everyone involved. Also include the terms racial profiling, consent decree and discretion/discrimination (explain and define). Conclude with your opinion on the statement.

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