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  •  Therein lies the rub ... (3+ / 0-)
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    jbou, Tonedevil, NearlyNormal

    Everything related to the criminal justice system is underfunded, except, perhaps, the building of prisons.  Judges have to beg for money for facilities and staff, public defender offices can't compete with firms for hiring lawyers, etc.  (And while a stint at the DA's office may be a stepping stone to a civil litigation career, being a Public Defender doesn't have the same boost to one's resume).  Compounding it, alternative sentencing programs are also first on the budget chopping block.

    So, when one talks about institutional racism, here's a big part of it, but outside a courthouse, few people recognize it or talk about it.

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