Prison Overcrowding in America In our country today, we account for roughly five percent of the world’s population, yet we hold over twenty-five percent of the globe’s inmate population. According to John Irwin, we currently imprison more people for lesser crimes than any other country in the world. In 1987 alone, our prison population rested steadily at just 500,000 incarcerated inmates in the U.S. Although in the past twenty-seven years, the American prison population has actually quadruped to almost 2.4 million (Pratt, 2009).
70 percent of people who in local jails are not convicted of any crime. What drives mass incarceration is state policy, as the number of people incarcerated by state prisons is over 1,250,000. People in local jails are about 750,000, and people in federal prisons are less than 250,000. The War on Drugs also contributed massively to high incarceration rates. New York, who has mostly ended their War on Drugs, have seen incarceration numbers plummet.
There is a huge difference between the justice system now comparing it to back in the day. Now the law enforcement and the justice system have more resources to make sure that every evidence they have is accurate. According to NBC News, 93 percent are men, and 7% are women; about 50% are African American 38% are white , 2% are Asian and 11% are Hispanic. This tells us that more black man might be in danger of getting charged with false confession compare to any other
Unsurprisingly, the majority of the 30,000 prisoners isolated were African Americans and Latino men. However, what particularly struck me were the characteristics that led to some of these individuals being imprisoned. For example, Gunther noted that California’s gang validation procedures ensured that gang members were to be placed in solidary confinement. Thus, one can conclude that there are some black and Latino men who were confined due to their titles and statuses as opposed to actually committing crimes. Due to the point system of the Gang Validation Policy, a man with an M-13’ tattoo or a Swahili Dictionary was more likely to be confined to solidarity than a white man who is equally as dangerous.
This paper is focus on the racial inequality of crime rate in the criminal justice system. Also, it argues the different treatment of black and white groups in the criminal justice system. Moreover, it shows the relationship of black males with crime rate. The black males face high crime rate than white males in the criminal justice system. However, in relation to police relations, the police stop black males more frequently than white males.
This statistic could steam from since 1980 to present the prison system has quadrupled in population from a half of million people to roughly 2.5 million people(NAACP,2015). Some would say that this is the reason for the downward trend of violent crimes in America, Because more of the people are locked up and not on the streets in order to commit crimes. Which may be the case, but the question still remains why is the statics of race in the prison system still a overwhelmingly different. For Example African Americans are locked up 6 times more than white offenders, As of 2008 the prison system is predominantly (58%) made up of African Americans and Latinos (NAACP,2015). From these statistics, it could possibly be assumed that the socioeconomic status from where a person is from could lead to a answer as to why this is happening all over
The United States has five percent of the world 's population, yet holds twenty-five percent of the world 's prisoners. In 2013, there were 1.57 million inmates who had sentences longer than a year, and there were enough inmates to produce a GDP equivalent to 133 nations. With those statistics in mind, do you think there should be a change? Today I am here to protect those Americans in prison who are in need for reformation. There 're many reasons for a reformed prison, one being to protect human rights.
In fact, only 28% of crimes were reported in the late 1970s in the United States of America (Skogan, 1977). According to a study the reporting of crime peaked in1990s and has reduced ever since (StatsCanada, 2014). The prime reason for this is that people are unaware that they are committing a crime or they just overlook their deed as they feel it is not severe enough to catch ant attention. It is either people are afraid of the consequences which might occur or there is simply lack of time. The correlation is evident and exists between crimes reported and crime rates.
Records indicate that the rate of unemployment among the youth stands at an alarming level as the rate of employment among the younger generation [16 – 24 years age] has turned out three times slower than the other age group when it comes to employment, since 1992. A research from the House of Commons library indicates that there 498,000 youth jobless in the said age group of which around 8,000 unemployed added over the last quarter. According to a study by Office of National Statistics, the current rate of unemployment is 14.4% and the overall unemployment rate is counted to 5.7% calculated based upon the total working population. Furthermore, even for those younger generation who have managed to get a job, the rate of average wage received is around £1,800 per annum, the worst rate received by the youth than last five years.
Contradictory to what has been said, private prisons are not as safe as public prisons. Private prisons were created as a cost saving alternative, but this means the corners are being cut to provide these “savings”. Staff training at facilities are lower than the compared staff training at public facilities. Without the proper training, prison staff may not know how to properly defuse a situation or handle conflict. In turn, this can create a dangerous and deadly prison environment.