Incarceration Of The United States Essay

1407 Words May 25th, 2016 6 Pages
According to data from the Pew Center on the States, the United States has less than five percent of the world’s population, but almost 25 percent of the world’s total prison population 15. The total number of inmates in the United States, in 2008 was larger than the populations of Seattle, Boston, Kansas City and Atlanta combined 16. Incarceration is intensely determined by race and ethnicity. Among men the highest rate is black males aged twenty to thirty-four, among women the highest rate is black females aged thirty-five to thirty-nine. According to the Pew Center, African Americans make up roughly 13% of the U.S. population, but are 40% of its prisoners, this leads to the following statistics about “Who’s Behind Bars"17.Therefore, Hatt states that " one of every six Latino males and one of every 45 Latinas born today can expect to go to prison in his or her lifetime"16.
Professor Mark Kleiman offers the most well-developed policy alternative to mass incarceration, one that starts with the assumption that “crime is a genuine problem of substantial magnitude”. He focuses on how to make community corrections work to reduce crime better than our current failed system of mass incarceration 18. According to Kleiman, the current system of mass incarceration is a social problem on the same level as crime itself. Mark Kleiman offers a really effective program of community supervision that could reduce incarceration directly by reducing both revocations and sentences for new…

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