Society and our criminal justice system place a value on victims and defendants. We manifest this valuation in how we mete out punishment, how we choose who will be stopped, frisked, searched, arrested, charged, given probation, have charges dismissed and even expunged. We show the worth we place in people by the fact that 95% of elected prosecutors are white males and they have control and say over a jail and prison population that is increasingly People of Color.
Page, Cheryl, "Grant of Clemency to Cyntoia Brown Highlights Deep Rooted Social Issues" (2019). Journal Publications. 304.