Obama: Criminal Justice System ‘Skewed By Race And By Wealth’


WASHINGTON — The criminal justice system is “particularly skewed by race and by wealth,” President Barack Obama said on Tuesday in a speech at the NAACP Annual Convention in Philadelphia, citing a “long history of inequity in the criminal justice system in America.” 

“The eyes of more Americans have been opened to this truth, partly because of cameras, partly because of tragedy, partly because the statistics cannot be ignored. We cannot close our eyes anymore,” he said.

Obama said reducing inequality and investing in education would ultimately reduce crime and benefit future generations of Americans. “I believe crime is like any other epidemic: the best time to stop it is before it starts,” he said.

Getting a teenager a job for the summer costs a fraction of what it costs to lock him up for 15 years, the president said. “If we make investments early in our children, we will…

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