UN: US Jail Practices Racist, an 'Affront to Human Dignity'

UN: US Jail Practices Racist, an 'Affront to Human Dignity'
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The Facts

  • In a report published Thursday, three UN-appointed experts called for the overhaul of the US criminal system to combat alleged systemic racism in American prisons.

  • The UN report claims that US jail practices are an "affront to human dignity," citing instances including incarcerated Black pregnant women being shackled during labor.

The Spin

Left narrative

US authorities must put the recent momentum behind reforms in the US criminal justice system, sparked by Black Lives Matter, to full use. These UN experts have placed before the nation oft-repeated stark truths that must be heeded if authorities want avoid social unrest from spiraling out of control.

Right narrative

Mindless radical reforms to the US criminal justice system could backfire badly on the very people progressives are trying to help. Even marginal reforms in some US cities have led to a spike in crime rates, the burden of which falls disproportionately on low-income, minority communities. There are more pragmatic ways to address this issue.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% chance that the US will achieve racial unemployment parity between black and white people by 2060, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Political split



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