So Andy starts to write letters for six years to the state asking for new books and money to renovate the library. He succeeds on getting new books but he still needs funds. He continued to write more letters to the state until they send him an annual fee of 500 dollars or renovations. Throughout the next ten years Andy builds the finest prison library in all of New England and named it Brooks Hatlen Memorial Charron 2 Library. This example shows that Andy wants to be free by taking his mind off the fact that he is
and while race issues are still prevalent they have become better. Segregation is no longer widespread and common and while it can still happen it is usually unintentional. Criminal justice is the “new” way to target the minority races and segregate them from the white. Blacks are sentenced to 10% longer sentences than their white counterparts based on the same crime. 12.6% of the U.S. population is African American, but in prison they make up 37.1% of the inmate population.
African Americans should not have to be scared to go outside any day thinking they might not make it home. African Americans feel targeted in today’s society because so many innocent African Americans are being incarcerated, shot, and killed. Since 2001, it is 6.1 times likelier to be incarcerated as a black man than a white man. This is all because of skin color. Black Lives Matter (BLM) was a group created to raise awareness for the heinous acts the have presented itself to the black community
This means that in most states, once an individual is convicted of a felony, that individual will lose their right to vote. Depending on state laws, it can be for life or for a few years. According to Allard, about 3.9 million Americans, or one in fifty adults, have lost their ability to vote because of felony charges. More than one third of the total disenfranchised population are African American men (Allard 2000). There has been litigation in many different states to combat disenfranchisement, but there are still many hoops to jump through for an ex-felon to re-attain their voting rights.
An example of racism would be a man of Asian race saying that they don’t like cooperating with people of a Hispanic race. To know just how bad racism can be these days, talk about monthly wages. White men earn 34% more than black men. To makes things worse, black women earn 67% less than black men. I did the math and it shows that the average wage of black men and women are 56% LESS than the average wage of a white man.
People of color have accounted for a disproportionate 43 % of total executions since 1976 and 55 % of those currently awaiting execution. A moratorium of the death penalty is necessary to address the blatant prejudice in our application of the death penalty. One can also notice the death penalty is disproportionately directed towards racial minorities and in many jurisdictions African Americans are subjected to Capital Punishment at a rate of 38% higher than all others (Ruts-Terrian). It can be argued when looking at the actual numbers of how many white people are on death row they outnumber the amount of black people on death row. However, when you look at the population density and how many people there actually are of each race in the United States African American people are disproportionately represented on death row.
Our taxes that could have been spent on things such as our schools and city’s infrastructures are instead going to prisons to keep someone locked up for a few years. There are so many minor crimes committed that do not deserve sentencing. Such as "hunters who mess with a guns muzzle break, folding stock, or imported rifle can be defined as a criminal street gang and face a mandatory minimum sentence for 5 years" (Sullum). Tax payers should not
In 1997 a little less than half of prisoners had committed a part 1 crime (murder, assault, and robbery). An average of “60% of Federal prisoners were serving time for drug crimes serving around 40 months in prison” (Pettit 152). This number seems very high but people in the 1900’s did not commit as many crimes because it was unlawful and people were more respectful. The thought of murder was so rare and did not occur as often as it does today. In the 1980’s there was a drug epidemic of cocaine distribution and that is when the rate of drug crimes increased in the prison system.
But as long as you are a little more careful, you will realize that how general it is in our life. For instance, African-American are 33% more likely than whites to be detained while facing a felony trial. Or even more strikingly, nearly half of all hate crimes committed in America have to do with race. (FBI, 2016). As we can see, although there is no obviously racism like massacre happens nowadays, the racial discrimination phenomena is like a dirty mud which has split to many tiny pieces hiding in the corner of our