Jumpsuit or Tailored Suit? It Depends What Crime You’re Accused Of

Mon Oct 30, 2017 15:19:20PM | Categories: Racial Politics, Paul Manafort, Donald Trump & White-collar workers

Prisoner shackled around the waist.By: Rainerzufall1234

An unarmed black teenager took a box of cigars from a convenience store. He was pulled over by police and tried to run away. He was shot six times and died at the scene.

A black 12 year old was playing with a bb gun. Police arrived on the scene and shot him to death seconds later.

A suspected drug dealer has his home raided by SWAT teams. His home is ransacked, all individuals in the house (if they are lucky enough to still be alive) are rounded up and taken to jail. They wait days, sometimes weeks to see a judge and when they do they are in their jail jumpsuits. They are often denied bail or the bail is set so exponentially high that it makes it impossible for them to post.

Tens of thousands of small time drug dealers, petty theft "criminals", drug and alcohol abusers, and mentally unstable American citizens are thrown in jail. They appear in court in their jail jumpsuits. They are denied bail or the bail is set so exponentially high that it makes it impossible for them to post.

A rich white former campaign chairman of the Republican ticket in the 2016 Presidential campaign (allegedly) committed conspiracy, laundered millions of dollars given to him from the pro-Russian Ukrainian government into personal bank accounts, failed to register as a foreign agent and made false statements to investigators. Police politely informed him that he needed to appear in court. His chauffeur drove him to court and he appeared in his perfectly tailored suit. The judge gave him permission to go back to his multi-million dollar home to await trial.

A rich white man created a Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of people out of billions of dollars. Police politely knocked on his door to serve him an arrest warrant. They waited patiently while he put on a perfectly tailored suit before gently putting on handcuffs because they didn't want to make him uncomfortable or put any wrinkles in his perfectly tailored suit. He is allowed to post bail and head back to his multi-million dollar home to await trial.

A rich white former Speaker of the House of Representatives sexually abused young boys when he was a teacher. Police politely knocked on his door to serve him an arrest warrant. They waited patiently why he put on a perfectly tailored suit before gently putting on handcuffs because they didn't want to make him uncomfortable or put any wrinkles in his perfectly tailored suit. He is allowed to post bail and head back to his multi-million dollar home to await trial.

A rich, white man sexually assaulted dozens of women. He admitted to "grabbing their pussy" on camera. He is elected President of the United States.

I know the last one is a swing at Donald, but these examples show that we have a criminal justice system that operates in parallel universes.

If you're rich, white, and powerful then you are given every benefit of the doubt. The police appease you during your arrest and bend over backwards to make sure you're as comfortable as possible throughout the whole process. If (and that's a BIG if) you are found guilty, then you will be sent to a pristine low-security prison filled with other rich, white people just like you!

But don't worry rich white people! You've already hidden your money away in offshore accounts and have more than enough friends on the outside who will happily help you as soon as you serve your paltry sentence.

If you're poor, black or brown, and aren't powerful then good luck. You're going to jail. You're going to sit in jail for days, weeks, or even months before you see a judge. When you finally see a judge you're going to be given a bail so high (if you're lucky enough to get bail at all) that will make it all but impossible for you to post it.

Good luck getting a Constitutionally guaranteed speedy trial because that would require having enough public defenders who would be able to work your case. When it does come to your turn, that public defender will very likely advise you to take a deal (even if you are innocent) because they just don't have enough time for you. The DA gets a "win," your public defender can finally drop you off their rolls, and you get sent to your new home for the next 20 years. Oh, and since you're black or brown, you're going to serve hard time in a prison filled with poor, black or brown people just like you!

If you are lucky enough to make it out alive then good luck! Hopefully you have someone who you can live with because you won't be able to get public housing assistance. You are going to have a very hard time finding a job because employers don't want to hire people who ever did something wrong in their lives. Credit agencies would be loathe to loan you any money to start your own business. So your most likely outcome would be falling back into "the system."

This is our criminal system in a nutshell.

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