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The U.S. Justice System - Just how safe are we?

Updated on June 11, 2016

The Scales of Justice are always tilted against us


Innocent and incarcerated for life. Can it happen to you or me? No-one is safe from false imprisonment anywhere in this world, at any time, or for any reason.

How safe are we? Is it really working for us?

Let's take a poll:

Is our justice system really working for us - Are we as individuals safe and secure?

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Lets examine a few facts then you decide.

First, watch the video only once, observe closely, and remember what you saw.

YOU are the star witness for the prosecution that is charging a policeman with murder.

Now that you have been identified as the eye witness for the police, consider the following before you testify at the trial. These are the five main ploys used by the prosecution to ensure a conviction:

  • 1. "Circumstantial" evidence.
  • 2. over zealous public prosecutors.
  • 3. testimony of eye witness.
  • 4. Suspect "confessions".
  • 5. Prosecutors withholding information.

These 5 factors put 99.9% of "criminals" or "defendants" in jail, or prison, on a daily basis.

Fact 1: approximately 25% of the world's population is incarcerated at any one time. (estimated total world population = 660,000,000 billion people. 25% = 165,000,00 billion imprisoned around the globe).

Fact 2: approximately 75% of those incarcerated are in the U.S. prison systems. (75% of 165,000,000 billion = 124,000,000 billion people in the U.S. alone).

Fact 3: The U.S. has the largest percentage of "criminals" in prison for "non-victim" crimes, such as:

  • a. drug users (marijuana, Crack, speed, etc..)
  • b. driving under the influence (no accident involved)
  • c. Other traffic violations (tickets for a variety of reasons).
  • d. habitual offenders (multiple unpaid tickets for traffic violations)
  • e. "3 strikes and you're out" rule: (3 charges for the same offenses) (including traffic citations) or any other charges will gain you an automatic 5 year prison sentence and title of felon in many states.
  • f. becoming "fugitives" for not showing up for a court date for speed/traffic (or any other) violations when they were not properly notified to appear.
  • g. rape (sexual assaults) "accusations" = (he said - she said) status
  • h. "domestic violence" (assault and battery) = (he said - she said) status.
  • i. prostitution charges (either as prostitute [seller] or john [buyer of services].
  • j. sex with a minor. Even if the under aged has a fake ID, and looks like an adult, acts like an adult, and initiates the encounter.

Under our current justice system we are apparently currently automatically presumed to be guilty until proven innocent. People are generally almost always found guilty because of showing inappropriate responses, showing lack of remorse, not crying, lack of emotion, found to have a history of cheating, lying, and or sex scandals, or a history of unrelated charges. So they are found guilty by reputation and behavior, not facts pertinent to the charges.

Circumstantial evidence: "evidence that tends to prove a fact by proving other events or circumstances which afford a basis for a reasonable inference of the occurrence of the fact at issue". Or, more aptly put: made up scenarios using external situations not related to the facts, and used to create a scenario to fit any evidence found. Or more simply just a supposed sordid story to explain why the prosecution believes the defendant to be guilty. Since everyone is guilty of something it is easy to convict others with an unsavory history.

Over zealous prosecutors: That need to win at any cost for status. They are appointed and not elected by the people, so they answer to no-one and their status grows as does their conviction rates. Their personality types include (aggressive, condescending, and judgmental).

Eye Witnesses: less than reliable (if 10 people witness an event - there will always be 10 different versions of that event).

False confessions: Less reliable than eye witnesses as they generally give these confessions under severe duress and coercion by the interrogators.

Withholding information: Information that the jury never hears because it would clash with the circumstantial evidence being used, and the prosecutor's aim is to convict at all costs. The win is more important than the truth.

Now, go back and re-view that short video and remember that in most incidences there will be no video to view, and/or re-view, for your testimony at trial.

Eye witnesses put more people in prison than any other prosecutorial ploy - and coupled with "circumstantial" evidence will usually insure a 99.9% conviction rate.

When you re-viewed the video, did you see the gun in the right hand of the criminal laying on the ground? Most people who view this video did not. If you were one of them who did not notice the gun in his right hand, remember it is your testimony that will put this policeman at risk for a false conviction for doing his job - defending you. The policeman that shot this perpetrator saw him remove a pistol from his belt from behind with his right hand, as he laid his rifle down on the ground using his left hand. The pistol can be seen in his hand as he lies on the ground dead.

No-one is safe under any "justice" system when these kinds of ploys are so blatantly exploited by an over zealous prosecutor who intends to win at all costs. So, be afraid for your own part in this "injustice" of being accused for something you did not do.

Our prisons are being filled with innocent "criminals" (victims of an inept justice system) every single day. Thousands of innocent people have spent many years behind bars for something that they did not do, and were subsequently "proven to be innocent" as a result of DNA analysis.

Even DNA evidence has been shown to yield "false" results. Take a minute to visit the site of "The Innocence Project" link below and view the video (below) of only a few of those found to be wrongfully incarcerated for many lost years of their lives.

by d.william 02/08/2012

17 exonerees - Thanks to The Innocene Project

© 2012 d.william


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    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Sorry about the delay in responding. I just clicked on "my account" and then on "comments" and was quite surprised to find i have 35 comments that i did not know about. I guess i will be busy for a few days just responding to them.

      I am glad you found this article interesting.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Your points are valid and it IS obvious that we need some kind of revision of our justice system. And yes, we are always considered guilty by the police, the courts, and everyone else, until we are proven innocent. This is human nature to always think the worst of someone they don't know, and even about those they are closest to.

      I suppose we can attribute this attitude to what we see on T.V. 24 hours a day.

      Now with all this attention about privatizing our prisons things will only get worse.

      I will look forward to viewing some of your hubs as well.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is scary. Great hub..Woke me up..

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      7 years ago from Lake In The Hills, IL

      I could not agree more with the notion that we are in fact GUILTY until proven innocent. Why must we post bail if I'm innocent? Why must a person be led off in hand cuffs because of another persons accusations. I thought we were innocent UNTIL proven guilty. Yet we are treated as guilty individuals by the justice system and law enforcement right from the start. Why should it cost me anything to get out of jail if I'm viewed as an Innocent man? Does the system take our money because they assume innocent citizens won't show up to court? The justice system and it's agencies are fleecing the citizens to pay for the huge and failing prison system in this country. Prisons have become networks for gangs and organized crime. Sorry I'm not smart enough to know the solution, but I do know how I feel, and I have never felt my innocents is presumed when behind bars! Great Hub! You might enjoy some of my political suff too.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and the excellent example of exactly what i was talking about. It certainly scares the bejeezes out of me that i, or any of my family or friends would have to be the subject of such a farcical representation of justice by these over zealous prosecutors whose only aim is to win. As i said, it seems that the win is more important than the truth.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Nice job. Here's an example of what you're talking about.

      A state judge has recommended an inquiry into accusations that a former prosecutor concealed evidence in a trial that wrongfully sent a man to prison for nearly 25 years. Judge Sid Harle said Friday that he would ask the chief justice of the State Supreme Court to convene a court of inquiry into the actions of the former county prosecutor, Ken Anderson, who is now a judge, in the case of Michael Morton, who was exonerated last year in the murder of his wife. Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, called the decision “extraordinarily significant” as a warning to prosecutors, while noting that Mr. Anderson was entitled to a presumption of innocence.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading, and your comments. That is exactly my point. Our prison systems are filled with innocent people convicted on circumstantial evidence, omitted evidence, faulty eye witnesses, or just for the fact that the prosecution paints them as monsters in our society; so the jury convicts on what, or who, they are, and totally ignores the lack of evidence in the case presented before them.

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      mio cid 

      7 years ago from Uruguay

      with the way the justice system work in this country a simple mistake of identity could happen a nd a totally innocent person could end up in jail.


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