The defective justice system in America

The defective justice system in America
In a documentary in Al Jazeera news network, it was stated that since 1973, there were 150 convicts who were proved to be innocent after their cases were reviewed. That’s clearly a solid proof of the defective jury system in America. After being in the death row for many years, what would happen to those 150 ex-convicts whose only crime was being a suspect and not having a good lawyer? Certainly, those were 150 ruined lives all because of a defective justice system. And how about those executed? What if some of them were proven not guilty beyond reasonable doubt? That’s a tough question to answer but tougher is the question on how to change the justice system. What do you think can be done to improve the justice system of America?


I think we should follow the justice system, because it has always a due process to be followed. We always experienced not having a proper justice here in our place. Most of the time the local government official favors rich people, for they have a kickback from these people. It always fails everyone, and to tell you the reality, it doesn't favor any poor people unless they have benefits on it, or have share to it.

It was always my experienced to have injustice, specially from the justice system officials itself. The only thing I have been a knowledge of every small piece of information of rule of law. I even experienced to face on court trial without a lawyer, I defend myself alone, and I first question the judge of the court. I really understand your feelings about it.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 10-13-2017
I don't mean to make this a discussion on capital punishment, but reasons like this are exactly why I'm against the death penalty. The American justice system is too awful to be putting people's lives on the line that way. So many people were put to death only from forensics to come into the picture like, "Woops, turns out we found the real guy, our bad." I honestly wouldn't know how we would go about changing the justice system to improve though. One thing I do know is that the prison system needs massive changes, and they can start by ending the privatization of prisons. They should not be treated as a business, because business and justice do not mix and you end up with a conflict of interest.
Posted by Denis_P on 10-13-2017
Our justice system is the same way. Unfortunately many innocent people go to jail for crimes that they did not commit. They are talked into taking deals so that their sentence will be less so in some of the cases they plead guilty just to get a deal and not because they committed the crime. The only good thing here is that we don't have the death penalty so at least there is no change that an innocent person will be put to death only to find out later that they were innocent and the real criminal is still out there somewhere and got away with the crime. Sometimes it is just the matter of not being able to afford a good lawyer. You can go to jail for a crime you did not commit simply because you were appointed a lawyer that was not very good because you had no money to hire the best lawyer for that situation. I am not sure how the system could be fixed to prevent these things from happening.
Posted by Sue on 10-13-2017
It is not just the justice system in America that's defective. In fact the justice system in many countries needs to be reformed. In my country two brothers were released last year after spending 20 years in prison for a murder that they didn't commit. The death penalty was abolished in my country but due to the increasing number of crimes the government is thinking to bring it back. To be honest I don't think that the death penalty will change anything except for the fact that some innocent may lose his life. It is very difficult to change the existing judicial system but not impossible.
Posted by Pixie on 10-13-2017
How sad for those people who suffer and get a bad lifr just because of misjustice. Justice is so unreal, here in our country some cases did not get a justice. I think government should focus on how to fix . people deserve a fair justice and deserve a good treat.
Posted by jayken on 10-13-2017
It's not only in America brother it's everywhere. The justice of human nature flawed and as long as men run it and are judged by it there is no telling how many innocents will be convicted. The only way out is to connect with the spiritual side of things and learn that every hardship is meant to teach us lessons
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-13-2017
America actually has way better justice system than my country and I am ashamed. Ours is absolutely terrible and you'd be disgusted by how we operate. We let the criminals go as long as they're rich - our justice system is so full of corruption so I personally would switch it to the American's if I could. At least it's more strict. But I agree with everybody. There's no such thing as a good justice system, everyone is flawed in some way.
Posted by Mehano on 10-13-2017
I think to improve the justice system of the america is to get rid of the corrupt officials in higher court so that the justice can be serve equality to the people specially for the poor. here also in my country have that kind of problem where in the elites people are somehow immune in any file case against them and it really hurts the ordinary people. i hope this could be change in the near future generation.
Posted by tophew on 10-13-2017
If you consider how many people actually get convicted, 150 people being wrongly convicted is not too bad. It's difficult for the justice system sometimes to truly know whether someone is guilty or not. But I do think that there are other aspects that show how bad the justice system and the police force in the United States is. I think too many innocent people get shot by the police force when they are no harm at all to the police and that is disgusting. There is definitely racism in the justice system as well which is a massive problem that I just don't think most Americans will accept as a problem.
Posted by kingcool52 on 10-13-2017
Almost everything about the American system is wrong. Grand juries are a rubber stamp for the prosecutors; assets are routinely frozen or seized in. The prosecutors poison the jury pool with a media lynching at the start. Prosecutors win 95 percent of their cases, 90 percent of those without a trial, and people who exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to go to trial receive more than three times the sentence they receive if they cop a plea, as a penalty for exercising their rights. Everything is bullshit.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 10-13-2017
First and foremost, in the United States of America our pledge of allegiance says “liberty and justice for all”. The best way to improve the American justice system is to put that principle into practice. That way the genuine folks who are “taking a knee” can get up off their knees. ( )

Simplistic as this may sound: The people who work in law enforcement administration and operations and have responsible positions in our judicial framework, they know a wrong when they see it! They need to do their jobs properly. They get paid to do their jobs. Why should they get paid for not doing their jobs?

Of course, and this is even more simplistic than my previous statements, there would be marked improvement in the society as a whole if people would just stop breaking the law! Law-breakers and criminals create unnecessary work that is a waste of manpower and brain power. It would help the peace and dignity of the entire of the country tremendously if citizens and the “strangers amongst US” would just obey the law. But we know that's not going to happen. Still. One can have a dream, can't they?
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 10-13-2017
This defective problem is a global one where the innocent suffered and get jailed or killed for lack of proper investigation and lack of money to acwuired a good a good lawyer.i can't count the number of lives that have been ruined and killed because of miscarried judgement. i think the government should always provide good lawyers for its citizenry that can't afford one and the judiciary should always carry out their jobs without favorism or with a biased heart.
Posted by lovely on 10-13-2017
It's not just in America that that justice system is corrupt and bad, it's almost the same thing all over the world. I would even say that the ones in Nigeria here is the worst of them all.

Here officers abuse their power as they see fit, make unlawful arrest, forceful detention, demanding for money to bail an innocent individual who is never charged to court. There are so many but let me stop at this.
Posted by Heatman on 10-13-2017
I think justice system is broken in every country. It's just not america. And people are not much aware of the things that go around. I think people need to stop comparing with one another. And the stuff that makes the things even worse is the fact that people are getting more socialistic views lately. And that seems to be the thing about life that needs to be understood in due time as well.
Posted by overcast on 10-14-2017
I think this is a generalization. Innocents get death sentences or is prisoned for lifetime in every countries and society not just in the United States. Sometime back, a man of nepali origin was released from the japanese jail. He was serving life imprisonment for a murder. After spending 20 years in jail, it was proved that the man was innocent.
Posted by vinaya on 10-14-2017
I feel that the OP is out of line when he asks how the justice system can be improved in America. Why zero in on America and not his own country? I don't believe that there will be a perfect justice system anywhere. The fact, however, that some sentences are reversed after a higher court review does not indicate a flawed justice system but suggest the opposite. Likewise, it doesn't indicate that the lower court is corrupt or has erred in its judgment. The judge may have acted based on evidence that he/she considers admissible at the time but some circumstances may have changed before the review which make other evidence acceptable. And then again some may have been acquitted unfairly by the higher courts.
Posted by chatbox on 10-16-2017
Al Jazeera is obviously not a fan of the US so I think what they say you need to take with a grain of salt. The justice system in the US does not work for everyone, but I think by and large it is effective. The one thing I have a problem is that those who have the money get the best representation. Also, another thing is that once someone is proven to be innoccent, prosecutors still want to stick with their original verdict! I don't like that. I also don;t like those who knock America..and I don't think that is appropriate for this forum. If it is so bad why does everyone want to come here?
Posted by kgord on 10-17-2017
150 is quite low for over 50 years considering the population that's in the US. There's always mistakes, nothing is 100% fool proof especially if you look at older cases where science wasn't as advanced as it is today- such as DNA and whatnot. That's why if an innocent is released, they generally can sue the city/state for wrongdoing and generally get pro bono (free) legal service from a law firm to get monetary compensation. It's not much compared to spending so many years in prison falsely accused, but it is something rather than nothing. I'd take the US justice system over Japan's or a 3rd world country's for example. Just saying. It's not perfect but it's way better than most.
Posted by Rhodolite on 10-22-2017
i think proper investigation should be done well so as to avoid putting innocent people among criminals which is not a good thing at all, it happens in other countries too not only in America.
Posted by babyright on 10-23-2017
Yeah, that is why I hate the defective system, it is not good and it should be reviewed and if possible amended, because I think the lives of people that are already ruined by the system are many and it is not good. I think they should make a law, that before any one is taken in, the person must be guilty.
Posted by Authord on 10-25-2017
I think you need to understand the mechanics of the justice system as it works at state and federal levels depending on the crime. Therefore there are two sets of laws, and federal supersedes state laws if there is an applicable law and it as tried as a federal offense.

In the USA it will always be difficult and I wouldn't say defective, because all 50 states have different laws, different precedents. and different sentencing guidelines. Therefore, you can't classify it as a country but more 50 states with differing laws for the same crimes.
Posted by Alexa on 11-06-2017
I think the cases mentioned typically reflect the fact that the poor often get the short end of the stick - simply cause they're poor. For instance, what are the odds these guys would have been convicted for murder if they had been born middle class or rich? Of course, I'm not saying they were poor, but I bet there is a good chance most or all of them were. Anyway, though, at least, on the bright side, we know with the new genetic methods of gathering evidence that the chances of such false convictions are probably a lot lower now than in say, the 1970s.
Posted by jyy on 11-15-2017
Too many people in America are locked up for possession with the intent to sell. I don't think drug dealers are choir boys or choir girls but, in reality they're just selling a product. A product many people disagree with. Just like there are people who disagree with booze, tobacco or gambling. All of which are legal. Too many people are in jail in America for drug crimes. Locked away with murderers and fiends. People who have legit blood on their hands. Er go, the drug dealer has to become a ghoul just to survive within those conditions. With no hope of rehabilitation whatsoever.
Posted by NickJ on 11-17-2017
I think we are being unfair to America. This statistic is the way it is because America is a big country with 300 million people and above. I'll bet other countries have more people that are convicted wrongly. It may be that the statistics are just not released or not recorded. In my country there is no justice especially for the poor. I will bet that the number is higher though it is a much smaller country compared to America. Justice is not always just. Sometimes it depends on your lawyer who may not always be competent.
Posted by jaymish on 04-17-2018
It definitely is defective because it's treated more as a business rather than a societal solution. Half of the punishments don't even fit the crime properly considering you can get more years for possession than you would for harming a child, the prior which only harms yourself and is a personal choice made by an adult and the latter one harming not only someone else but a young defenseless human by the way. As long as there is an incentive to gather as much prisoners as possible then there will always be incentive to cheat the system and keep the rules as wonky as it currently is.
Posted by Wubwub on 04-17-2018
I am surprised by your comment that justice in America is treated as business. Maybe in some cases but generally, I don’t think it is treated as business but just needed some overhauling. To be frank, the justice system is very complicated that it is so hard to amend or to change. There will always be a contradiction that’s why there are cases that go unpunished and there are innocent that are punished.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-10-2018