African American Mass Incarceration Research Paper

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The topic that will be discussed in this paper is the mass incarceration of African American males in the United States. However, before we can address the problem of the mass incarceration among African American males one needs to understand that mass incarceration is happening across the board for all groups in the United States. According to an article by Jim Webb, the US is only 5 percent of the world’s population but, this country now holds almost 25 percent of the worlds reported prisoners. So, going based off of that statistics it only makes since to say that the US has the highest rates of incarceration. Yet, out of a population of 2,220,300 adults who were incarcerated in the US, African American males make up 745,000 of that 2,220,300. …show more content…
“The stereotype of blacks as criminals is deeply embedded in the collective consciousness of white Americans, irrespective of the perceiver’s level of prejudice or personal beliefs. (Pager, 2007)” For century’s Caucasian Americans have tied the idea of crime with African Americans, so going based off that idea it makes since as to why the rates of mass incarceration of African American males are so high. African American males are not the problem, it’s the ideas and beliefs that this country has of them that …show more content…
But, when an African American male is incarcerated it does not just affect him, it disrupts his family, the community and the country as a whole. Research has shown males are usually consider “the bread winner” within the family, so if he is incarcerated it adds more stress onto the other parent or partners. For example they might ask questions as to: how am I going to be able to provide for my family or myself? Will I still be able to spend time with my children if I work three jobs? Can I still afford to live in this house without him? There are many questions going through the other parents or partners head when an African American male is incarcerated. Another reasons why this is important is when a person is incarcerated and has committed a felony the chances of him getting a job is slim to none. Which creates a problem in the communities, when a person cannot get a legal job they will go back to crime to make money. Which can increase the crime rate in the community, which would make a vicious cycle. Correspondingly, according to the naacp.org “jails and prisons are recognized as settings where society 's infectious diseases are highly concentrated”. Which means when that person is released from prisons they could possibly be infecting the

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