You are now able to present a sound,educated argument for a statement like, “Wealth and/or social status do not matter when you are moving through the court system ” or “Being wealthy makes no difference in the type of prison sentence an offender receives.” You are presenting your research on “Crime and Social Inequality” to a group of about 500 graduate students, law makers, parole officers, judges, and influential people that really know very little about the connection between poverty and crime. These are well- meaning people who are genuinely interested and want to move toward an equitable CJ system/CJ reform; they just need more information on this specific topic so that they can go back and fight for reform and new legislation.
A. How was such an inequitable class/CJsystem created in the first place? (Requiem for the American Dream will be very useful here as will the Hinton text). Thoroughly describe this to your audience. Remember, t hey know almost nothing about this connection. Provide some historical content (again, the Hinton book).
B.What possible solutions to this problem might be. By this point, you will have learned that socio- economic class is absolutely a factor in who gets arrested, who is offered bail, how much that bail is, who gets prosecuted under harsher guidelines, and who gets a “slap on the wrist”, Your solution section will likely come from the Edman Book.