Now, as I had previously mentioned, the term "mass incarceration" was coined in the 70's to describe the beginning of an era in which people are arrested in dramatically high numbers. During former US president Richard Nixon's time in office, he took on the war on crime and the war on drugs. Which at first glance looks like a positive thing but once you dive deeper into what his real motives are, it's rather eye opening. Let's start with the war on crime. During this time you had the black panthers who were people fighting for civil rights, people who were fighting for women's rights, and people who were fighting for gay rights.
Firstly, even if the prison did want to pay prisoners minimum wage it would be nearly impossible, and with catastrophic results. America is already so far into debt and we pay taxes in order to pay prisoners to stay in a cell, have food and fresh water. These cost an immense amount of money; “We now incarcerate more than 2.2 million people.” This is a quote from the Angola prison Warden, Burl Cain. So if there are just 2.2 million people in just one state then, imagine how many people are in prisons in the 50 states.
Conflict theory has been used to describe the discrepancies in power and distribution of resources among the dominate group and the subordinate groups. Racial inequalities and racism among the groups has played a big role in the concept of conflict theory. Conflict theory examines the rising conflict between the dominate group, or white ruling class, and racial minorities, such as African Americans. This conflict and inequality among the races may be a reason why 20.2 percent of African American males die by homicide. In fact, African Americans are six times as likely as whites to be killed by homicide.
This essay of Fall and Rise of Theothus Carter will discuss about two articles that mainly talks to us about the prison life of prisoners and what they are missing from everyday life. Justin Wolfers article “1.5 million black men missing from everyday life” discusses about how many blacks are trapped inside prison and what their captivity has affected the nation. In addition, Eugene Robinson’s article “Disintegration” will discuss about the disintegration that many people has caused amongst the blacks and what the society sees them as. The hardships throughout in life of a prisoner that we will be talking about is Theothus Carter from Nick Paumgarten’s article “A Prison film made in Prison” who’s greatest gift/talent is acting and may have a chance to improve his life and change the perspective of people’s thinking towards prisoners. In Nick Paumgarten’s article “A Prison film made in prison”, story of Theothus Carter starts as a downfall for him.
Imagine living in a society where the tone of one’s skin subjected them to unfair treatment and rules. This was the reality to African-Americans in the South from the end of the nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth century. Richard Wright describes the experiences of living with Jim Crow laws in his essay “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow.” African-Americans were oppressed, especially the women, and forced to follow absurd rules. Many times, the police only encouraged these unlawful rules and targeted Blacks. A Black person could not live a life relatively free of conflict even if they adhered to the ethics of Jim Crow.
The film Bonnie and Clyde is based off one of the most notorious criminal duos during the Great Depression. There is a lot of distinct ideological features within the film that gives the viewer an idea of what it was like to live during that time period as well as some of the values held by those who lived through it. Bonnie and Clyde took place during what was called the "public enemy era" in which committing crime was valued due to the hardships of living during that time. The film is able to depict this while exploring the consequences of this violent lifestyle. The duo starts off just doing petty crimes, but eventually expand their crew and start robbing big banks and killing off law enforcement or anyone else who gets in their way.
Feasibility: LCTC not feasible as inmates released from prison without viable educations or vocational training have little prospects for employment causing them to return to crime. 3. Sustainability: LCTC is not sustainable as it contributes to high taxes, inmate recidivism, unsafe society and a need for more police and prisons. V. Alternative ll: Reinstate Pell grant
Get out of the poverty, change racism in others eyes. In the real world today, we face in jails the racism of a black man. Black men are the ones suppose to be in jail, so when a white man does something it is not broadcasts across the nation, as if it were a black man that committed the crime, the nation knows within the hour. Poverty lives in the cities around, maybe even in the classmates next to you. Poverty is a worldwide issue and with the country being as expensive as is and some not being able to get the best of what is offered, some are forced into the low end of the totem pole.
The justice system sentences black people to harsh punishments for minor offenses, where white people would walk away free for the same crime. Our color blindness prevents us from seeing the racial and structural divisions in society, such as the unequal schools, the isolated jobless ghettos, and the segregated society the justice system has built by locking up African American men for up to half their lives and missing out on their
In the 1960s the amount of injustices African Americans encountered were higher than ever. Africans Americans were merely fed up with the dehumanizing treatment , so they began to protest. This was called the Civil Rights Movement. African Americans were lynched , sicked by K-9s, hosed down , and even beaten in the streets by the police force for their equality. In fact as stated in Henry Louis Gates Jr’s Civil Rights Protest he elaborates on the police brutality African Americans experienced.
I found that, today, people of color are more likely to be incarcerated and sentenced disproportionally than their white counterparts. Racial inequalities in the criminal justice system are evident now more than ever. Although some believe that we are now past racial disparities, people of color are still facing injustice in the criminal justice system as appose to whites. Furthermore, my research has found that mass incarceration of one race, leads to mass poverty in
Black Students Demand the UC System Stop Supporting Private Prisons Everybody knows one of the major pathways to prison is poor education. Those who have a lack of education are exponentially more likely to end up in prison than those who are highly educated. This is even more true is you are an uneducated black male. For years, the government, media, even Hollywood has been calling for an increase in educational programs aimed at helping black youth get out of poverty and into college in order to break the cycle of poverty. Apparently, several University of California universities have been playing for both teams.
Thesis In our generation of black teens, racism has had the most detrimental effects on them. African americans have delt with years of discrimination and oppression from other races, mainly whites. Racism has brought out protests, riots, and the BLM movement. Blacks and other minorities feel that there is no freedom or equality in America. Racism has also affected the way blacks perceive the police force and are unsure of whether or not they will be protected or killed.
Use JIM CROW LAWS to talk about the hardships . Use HARVARD CURANT to talk about how even then people knew it was wrong. Main Idea: The government, although not explicitly, isare still very much negatively affecting black lives today, through systems of laws and government organizations. Use VOTER