Incarceration And Crime Rate Analysis
How do incarceration rates in the U.S. compare with other developed nations?
Golash-Boza writes, “The United States stands alone in its rate of incarceration … In 2012, the United States had 2,228,424 people behind bars. The next largest incarcerated population was in China, with 1,701,344 prisoners, followed by Russia, Brazil, and India“ (223). In particular, no other country can compare with the incarceration rates in the United States. It’s quite telling that developed countries like China and India are the most populated countries in the world, yet have a fewer prisoner population.
Name 2-3 reasons African American men are 7x more likely than white men to be incarcerated
For instances, Golash-Boza writes that,”Much …show more content…
Golash-Boza states that,”Beset with social problems, the California legislature attempted to use mass incarceration as a solution to poverty, unemployment, and inequality” (238). According to this quote, high incarceration and crime rates are often associated with economic restructuring. In particular, the economic restructuring of California led to numerous social problems, which California choose not to properly address. Consequently, California choose to deal with the social problems by jailing individuals, who were largely people of color and those affected by the changes in the …show more content…
What would it look like? What policies or practices would be enforced? What services would be offered? For examples, try researching prisons in other developed countries with less racial inequality than the U.S.
I do believe a criminal justice system in a racially just society would still be a necessity because of the need to punish those who have commit violent crimes, provide aid toward the victims or families of the affected, and protect society from violent individuals. However, the criminal justice system will provide rehabilitation services, which will help and protect society from recurring criminal or violent activity. I do believe a supportive structure for prisoner rehabilitation will provide criminals the opportunity to turn away from a cycle of violence. Rather than sentence more individuals to prison with extended sentences, these enforced policies will stress on the need to help prisoners become productive individuals within society. Another practice that would be enforced is to reinforce positive change in behavior and to cease the connotation of violence amongst the prisoners and within the prisons. In addition, properly train the guards to prevent instances such as inmate abuse by the guards. Lastly, is a fair procedure where individuals will receive a proper verdict and sentences for their offenses. For instance, conviction would be determined by the magnitude of the offense,