Im gonna through my two cents in.
I live in Texas, our justice and prison system is a joke. If you commit a crime in Texas and cannot afford a laywer you recieve a court apointed
laywer. Court apointed laywers are picked by the judge who presides over the court. Court appointed laywers also receive a $200 bonus for every
defendant that pleads guilty and signs for time.
Do you see a problem here?
Yes poeple of lower income are more likely to go to prison because they cannot afford a lawyer.
In texas if you post bond you cannot get a court appointed laywer. So you sit in county waiting for court date(6-8 months).
The court appointed laywer does not have any motivation to fight your case.
I do not agree that "white subarbans" dont commit as many offenses as minority urbans, I beleive most drug offenses are from middle class.
When it comes to parole for inmates in prison (in texas) they keep the parole rate at @ 20-25%, they admit this. It has nothing to do with
rehabilitation, good behavoir or keeping the public safe, its about keeping the prison units at full capicaty so they can lobby to build more prisons
which then create more jobs for uneducated poeple in small nowhere towns like huntsville.
I could go on all day about this,
BY the way, I have been to prison and and I am speeking on personal first hand knowledge of the prison system.