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Two in one: differences in the US justice system for the rich and the poor

One of Luther's primary challenges to the Catholic Church was of its use of indulgences. This interview describes how wealth has resulted in disparate criminal justice systems based on ability to pay.

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More than 60% of all people in US prison are now racial and ethnic minorities, and the vast majority are poor. The Sentencing Project, an NGO dedicated to addressing unjust and ineffective sentencing policies, wrote in a 2013 report that United States has two criminal justice systems: one for wealthy people and another for poor people and minorities.

We spoke to Marc Mauer, Executive Director of the Sentencing Project and one of the country’s leading experts on sentencing policy, race and the criminal justice system, about the disparity. Read more...