The U.S. needs to reform the justice system

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While the attorney general of the United States is deciding whether to file a civil rights case against George Zimmerman ("Holder to Pursue Martin Case," July 16), he would do well to give some thought to another civil rights issue, namely studying how our system of justice is functioning.

The United States incarcerates more persons than any other country. Among those held, black males and the poor are in disproportionately high numbers. A thorough and in-depth study could tell us how and why the system is failing us. It could also point a way to corrections that would provide equal justice for all, regardless of economic resources or the color of one's skin.

Reforming and strengthening our justice system would do far more good than any possible outcome of a civil rights suit against one man.

JOHN A. MATTA
North Point Breeze


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