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Here's one of our errors in thinking about the criminal justice system: most people get treated like shit, but rich people get treated better. When we notice this our reaction tends to be LET'S MAKE SURE RICH PEOPLE GET TREATED LIKE SHIT TOO. /1
/2 Since we have a rather punitive, judgmental culture, immersed in the law-and-order ethos, our first instinct is not "STOP TREATING POOR PEOPLE LIKE SHIT" but "HEY, FOR EQUITY, LET'S ALSO TREAT THESE RICH PEOPLE LIKE SHIT."

This American form of "fairness" is unproductive.
/3 Take, for example, today's arrests in the college scam. Unless there were search warrants being filed, there was no reason not to bring these defendants into court with a summons. They are not flight risks or dangers to the community.
/4 Now, poor people get arrested for petty shit all the time, even when they aren't flight risks or dangers, and spend years in jail because they can't afford bail. These defendants will be out on bail today. It's easy to say "let them be treated the same as anyone else."
/5 But the point is that "the same as everyone else" sucks. And by framing equity that way, we reinforce the awful system without challenging it. We enjoy the humiliating perp walk of the rich folks -- and we're supposed to, because the process is part of the punishment.
/6 My point isn't "weep for these rich people." It's "these deliberately humiliating and gratuitous arrests are just an expression, this time against rich people, of a broad policy that almost always gets used against the poor, so maybe reconsider cheering it." /end
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