Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Justice?

There are many instances in which our justice system has failed us. There are many people accused of a crime they did not commit, but are imprisoned anyway. There are times when people who are simply walking down the street are pulled aside by police and are forced to undergo a search just because of their race. How about the numerous times the police pull a car aside just because it has tinted windows, or even because the person simply "looks" suspicious? It is sad to think we can't even trust the justice system in our country. To think that many leave their own country to escape the unfairness of their government when our own is simply the sneakier version of what they escaped.

An example of the corruption of our justice system would be the case of Dewey Bozella. This man was accused of murdering a 92 year old woman. However, Dewey was far from the crime. Two convicts were told that if they testified against Bozella they would be able to obtain their freedom. Justice? I don't think so. It does not stop here though. All evidence in favor of Bozella was destroyed by the police. When a suspect came and confessed to the crime nothing was done about it. I cringe when I think about our justice system. Bozella was imprisoned for 26 years, and he was given several "opportunities" to be a free man. He was given the option to confess. However, he stated he would rather die than confess to a crime he did not commit. He stayed in prison and never backed down. He didn't let his situation take him down though. He got his GED in prison and began boxing. He sent letters to the Innocent Project until they finally took up his case. They uncovered a file that proved his innocence and was finally a free man after 26 years.



This is only one of the many cases the justice system has failed to do its job. How can they call it the justice system when they constantly frame a person for something he/she didn't do? The definition of justice is to act or treat justly or with fairness. Dewey's case was far from it. The very sad thing about the justice system is that it seems to get worse. How can we stop corruption in this world if the justice system itself seems to be corrupt?


Justice?



Keila Olmo

1 comment:

  1. erich b coppersmithNovember 28, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    The seriousness of this situation is dire. No one thinks that at any moment everything they have ever worked for in their life could be snatched away from them because they were accused and convicted for crimes they did not commit.

    This happens much more than anyone wants to admit. We as Americans do not want to believe that we would imprison innocent citizens, forever ruining their lives. The consequences of incarceration are lifelong and far reaching.

    The physical and emotional scars prisoners incurr can be devastating. Intimidation, physical and sexual assault are daily occurrances for many prisoners, particularly the weak and the young. Many who are wrongfully imprisoned and unfamiliar with the ways of prison life and the criminal code see no way out of their unending hell, leading them to take their own lives. Others are not even as "lucky" to choose their own deaths as they will become victims of prison murder.

    Those fortunate enough to survive the barbaric treatment they received in prison are released into a world that has little sympathy for them.
    They will forever be haunted by the jarring memories of prison and their public records will always be tarnished by their conviction. This affects eligability for employment, as well as, any attempts at social and personal relationships.

    This is a matter that needs much more attention and a broader discussion on a public level. How can we consider ourselves the leaders of the free world when we have the largest incarcerated population in the world and continue to forever destroy innocent peoples lives with wrongful incarceration and convictions.
    The video included in this posting was eye opening and the subject matter should be something on the minds of every free American.

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