The standard way of thinking about how African Americans are treated is that they are portrayed as criminals. The reason that African Americans are seen to be this way is because of the way they are shown on television. Television makes them look like they are all bad people, out looking for something bad to do. According to the video that we watched, black men account for an estimated 6.5% of the United States population, however they make up 40.2% of the United States prison population. When
Latino boys also face high levels of incarceration, particularly in states with large Latino populations and why California and Texas alone imprison the majority of incarcerated Latino youth in the United States. By putting a stop to the mis labeling of Latinos in our country; there wouldn’t be such a heavy imbalance among different races and their incarnation rates. Our society and criminal justice system would function better as
To begin with, our class material and content ranged from pervasive novels and excerpts to compelling documentaries and talks. Consequently, many class assignments left students grappling with the issues of mass incarceration and experiences with race. I insist that, due to this exposure, my most important learning was being challenged to keep my mind open to and critically thinking about situations and perspectives that I had not been aware of or experienced. The first example that comes to mind was learning about the harsh realities of the discrimination against ex-convicts in Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
Women convicted of “other property offenses” – a category of crimes that includes arson, receiving stolen property and breaking and entering — received shorter prison sentences. • Black female defendants were, in some ways, treated differently than white female defendants. Black women were assigned higher bond amounts and were more likely to be sent to prison than white women. Women of both races were equally likely to be released prior to
America and The Ku Klux Klan still had a lot of power. Black people wanted to change the way they were treated but it was very difficult for them to do this as a result of the Jim Crow Laws, these were a number of laws in America enforced between 1876 and 1965 that provided a legal basis
When talking about prisons, race is always talked about because it’s assumed that more black people are in prison than white people. When in all actuality, it’s pretty close to even between white and black prisoners. When the police crews were told to surprise certain neighborhoods, majority of the neighborhoods were black. On the flip side, as a police officer it must have been functional to assume the black neighborhoods would have more drug dealers because they’re black right? Overall, race does play a major factor in Mass Incarceration that simply will not change for many years to
Racism: Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System As former president Barack Obama stated in 2014, “You have men of color in many communities who are more likely to end up in jail or in the criminal justice system, than they are in a good job or college”(Brady). Racism and discrimination are two distinct things that affect men and women of color in America. Racism and discrimination did not end with the traditional thoughts of the Civil Rights Movement; it is still present in everyday lives whether it is subconscious or not. An example of discrimination in today’s Criminal Justice System is the increased difference of how people of color are incarcerated at a higher rate than those of the caucasian race. This can be seen when one looks
There are a lot of things that influence African Americans lives, but jail incarceration and poverty seems to be at the root. I am mentioning poverty because unjust jail incarceration is linked adjacent to it. According to the State of Working America in a 2013 study, African Americans, poverty rates are the highest at 27%. According to the NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, “African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population.”
The intention of my research is to expose the racist tactics in the criminal justice system that have been camouflaged. I am prepared to explain how racism contributes to the vast number of incarcerated African Americans, and other minorities. The criminal justice system has created and perpetuated racial hierarchy in the United States, and has done so throughout history. I propose the question: Are minorities being targeted within the Criminal Justice System? African Americans are criminalized and targeted because of their skin color, and it is not fair.
There have been many controversial discussions concerning the disfranchisement of felons, especially in African-American community. African-Americans are twice as likely to be convicted of a felony higher than any other race in the American population. African-Americans felons are also twice as likely to return to prison higher than any other race. The discussion about the recidivist’s rate of African-Americans often place blame on the individual’s behavior and/or being a product of one’s own environmental. Although this may be true but taking deeper into cause of African-Americans recidivism, would reveal the main factor being laws that have been put into place to keep convicted felon at a disadvantage, hence felony disenfranchisement.
Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow examines America’s latest racial system. The newest racial system to Alexander is mass incarceration. In the third chapter, entitled The Color of Justice, the main focus is the criminal justice system and the War on Drugs.
Jaime Mata CRIJ 2313.03 Correctional Systems and Practices Article review Date submitted: February 4, 2017 Word count: 850-1,500 Kurki and Morris (2001) examine the spread of Supermax prisons and the problems that plague them in the article titled The Purposes, Practices, and Problems of Supermax Prisons. The National Institute of Corrections defines a Supermax as a highly restrictive unit or facility used to isolate those who are considered more of threat than the general prison population (id, p. 388). Though the goals of a Supermax prison are clearly stated they face scrutiny due to their vast amount of problems some of which interfere with what most consider basic rights and morals. This article review provides insight into the use of Solitary confinement as a punishment in correctional facilities.
Incarceration rates in the United States are extremely higher than other countries. According to Schlesinger in her article “The Failure of Race Neutral Policies: How Mandatory Terms and Sentencing Enhancements Contribute to Mass Racialized Incarceration” there are, “Currently, one and a half million people are incarcerated in either state or federal prisons” (Schlesinger). This number is very high compared to other countries. A large majority of the people incarcerated are African Americans.
Alcatraz Alcatraz was a super prison that stopped most of the commotion in the streets and prisons. Once the Prohibition Act passed, criminals flooded the streets. One by one the criminals opened illegal hidden bars around the city and they paid others to use their shops. Also, to not say anything to the police for lots of money. In this essay, you will learn how Alcatraz came to be and how they made the prison ultra safe.