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This 16-Year-Old Boy Struggled To Cope After Spending Three Years On Rikers Without A Conviction

By Mark Pygas

The United States criminal justice system is one of the oldest and most established in the world, but it's not without failure. While only around 12% of the American population is African American, they're arrested at far greater rates and make up 35% of jail inmates, according to the Department of Justice. There are numerous and complex reasons for these inconsistencies, including wrongful arrests, exorbitant bails, and waiting far too long for sentencing, but rarely do all of these factors affect one single person.