Consensus and Conflict Perspectives

Consensus and Conflict Perspectives

Tyrone Wood was on probation over a two dollar robbery, and he violated it with one stick of marijuana (Egerton). He received a life sentence for this minor offense but was freed seventeen years later after the media put light to his situation. Alex Wood killed a prostitute and was put on probation, but he violated his probation five times by testing positive for cocaine. There were also reports of him stealing from people, at some point his father. He was never sent to prison, and his probation was almost dropped. Tyrone came from a poor family and during his crime the victim was not hurt- he even returned the wallet to the owner, and he only violated probation once. Alex was from a rich and well-connected background- his brother in law was a politician. He killed someone, violated probation in more ways than one, yet he walked away free. A murderer was set free but a robber sentenced to live imprisonment (Egerton).

A consensus perspective is whereby rulings are made to maintain the social order. In Tyrone’s case, it was to make sure that the poor remained poor while the rich remained rich. Tyrone was from a poor home and knew no one with power, so he went to prison while Alex was well connected therefore he stayed free.

The conflict perspective intended for Alex to stay free he was rich. Therefore, the ruling benefited him, at the expense of the poor in the society, like Tyrone James.  Tyrone’s crime was small; it did not deserve such a harsh penalty, but he did, because of his background. Alex’s crime did not even deserve probation, yet he was put on probation and to add on that he did not serve any prison time.



Works Cited

Egerton, Brooks. “Tyrone Brown freed from Prison.” 16 March 2007. Dallas Morning News. Web. 1 March 2016.

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