posted on Dec, 9 2012 @ 11:03 AM
Even though the US's prison population is growing, the vast majority of US citizens have never been to jail and still believe that our police/justice
system works and discourages crime. They say you have a right to a trial of your peers but if your jury has never experienced the legal system they
will blindly support the law enforcement and prosecutor almost 100% of the time and anyone with a record, even a minor one is de-facto excluded from
being a juror.
I know of people who have long records and keep getting arrested, violate probation and parole yet get slapped on the wrist. Then there are people who
get caught for something like driving on a suspended license when they didn't know their license was suspended and end up doing a significant amount
of time. I'm not even going to elaborate on how unfair the drug laws, but selective enforcement and selective sentencing is an epidemic.
I've had my legal troubles, anyone who has known me for most of my life knows I am a good person, nonviolent, a good worker, ect..If you factor in
lost wages it has cost me 6 figures and counting. I cannot find a decent paying job and most (white collar)jobs will hold any arrests over your head
and use that as an excuse to pay you less and get passed up on promotions even if the incident occurred long before you worked there. I can't find a
job that will pay me more than $10 an hour, even though I have an associates degree, military experience in avionics, and a bunch of other work
experience. Because of that I cannot afford to have a driver's license or car which excludes me from 99% of the jobs out there.
I guess my point is the prosecutors and police force have no real understanding of how much a criminal record can ruin someones life. It seems like so
many cops just want to make an arrest because it looks good on their evals and prosecutors want as many convictions or plea deals to help further
their career. None are concerned about justice are truly fighting crime.
That said, within the next year I hope to be an ex-Pat. I have lost my faith in the USA.