Essay on Mass Incarceration : An Epidemic Of Racial Bias

1162 Words Nov 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former first lady, senator, and secretary of state, defines mass incarceration as an epidemic of racial bias in which a third of black men will go to prison during their lifetimes, mostly for low-level, nonviolent offenses. Republican presidential nominee and businessman, Donald Trump, has not addressed mass incarceration, but has frequently commented on America’s high violent crime rate, especially attacks on law enforcement. In her speech accepting the Democratic nomination, Clinton pledged to reform the criminal justice system from end-to-end and strengthen the bonds of trust between communities and police. In his Republican nomination acceptance speech, Trump vowed to restore law and order. Clinton’s ties to Black Lives Matter have been scrutinized. Tensions between her and the organization were apparent at the Democratic National Convention, when the Mothers of the Movement (black women whose children’s deaths caused by police and gang and gun violence made news) spoke amid Black Lives Matter protesters’ chants. Earlier in his campaign, Trump denied being influenced by interests groups, earning him many supporters. However, he has since accepted donations from lobbyists and political action committees, coming under fire recently for a donation from the GEO Group, the second biggest private prison company in the country. Clinton’s role in perpetuating mass incarceration, namely her former president husband’s 1994 crime…

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