First Advisor

Curt Sobolewski

Date of Award

2-26-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice and University Honors

Department

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Language

English

Subjects

Bail -- Moral and ethical aspects, Discrimination in criminal justice administration, Pre-trial release, Administration of criminal justice, Minorities -- United States -- Social conditions

DOI

10.15760/honors.987

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to describe how the current bail system in America is discriminatory and unjust for people of color (POC). The American criminal justice system is represented as a system run by procedural justice, which entails government officials being genuinely concerned about the fairness and transparency of the process by which decisions are made. This presumes that every American will be treated with the same respect and dignity, and that they will be given the same opportunities regardless of their socioeconomic status, racial or ethnic backgrounds. America’s cash bail system and its impact on people of color who are incarcerated demonstrates that this is not the case. This thesis highlights those aspects of the cash bail system that make it discriminatory against people of color.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35018

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