In his book, The rich get richer and the poor get to prison, Reiman talks about how the justice system deals differently with crime perpetrators like the rich and poor. According to the pyrrhic defeat theory, the judicial system is a failure as it portrays the poor as the crime perpetrators while the rich are “protected” from prosecution.
Chapter 3 talks about “Weeding out the Rich” which explains why most prison inmates are usually the helpless and poor of the society. Due to their limited resources, these people are the ones who are most likely to be arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced to serve long prison time. When drug-related cases come up in Bolivia, there is biased in arresting the culprits. The police go for the helpless poor who cannot defend themselves in court. The judges are entangled in this messy web hence sentence these helpless poor to prison while protecting the rich owners.