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To what extent is discrimination a problem affecting the Criminal Justice System The Criminal Justice System a system the British government set up to deal with the treatment of law-breakers has three main goals to achieve social order these are 1 enforcing criminal law 2 maintaining law and order in the society and 3 helping victims This may seem to be a well thought of system but like any other organisation there are flaws and one of the major flaws is discrimination and the bias that stems from discrimination Discrimination on the basis of class gender sexuality and ethnicity operates at the level of attitude on the street in the home at the workplace or at social venues In regards to the Criminal Justice System race and gender are always accounted for in court proceedings As Smith in 1997 said the apparent fairness of the criminal justice system does not mean that the outcomes will necessarily be unbiased Tonry in 1997 found that even though certain ethnic groups are far more often caught in the net of criminal justice than others they have elevated rates of official offending which differ from one country to another The major ethnic group in Britain and Wales being black people whose families originated from the Caribbean in the 1940s cited in the Oxford Handbook Black people find themselves subject to rules made for them by white people it is also the same for other groups living in the same culture eg it seems to be men that make the rules for the women in society even though this seems to be changing in the United States Foreign-born people often have their rules made for them by the Protestant Anglo-Saxon minority The middle-class seem to make all the rules which must be obeyed by the vast majority - in the schools the courts etc There are many models proposed within the criminology field that focus on
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