The Injustices Of Mass Incarceration Of African Americans Essay

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The Injustices of Mass Incarceration of African Americans

Since 1980, the United States has seen an unprecedented rise in incarceration rates. The United States is only 5% of the world population, yet it has 25% of the world’s prisoners. Currently, the US is the world’s leader in incarceration with 2.3 million people currently in jail and prisons. That is a 500 percent increase over the last forty years. These incarceration rates, mostly which runs independent of crime rates, are suggested to be the result of policy changes over the last 30 to 35 years. Michelle Alexander quotes that “violent crime rates have fluctuated over the years and bear little relationship to incarceration rates, which have soared the past three decades despite whether or not crime was up or down”.
To make matters worse, incarcerations rates have been documented to disproportionately affect minority communities in the U.S. Out of those 2.3 million incarcerated, African Americans constituted nearly 1 million of the incarcerated population. Statistics show that more than 60% of people in prison today are minorities (people of color) and that Black men are nearly six times as likely to be incarcerated as White men and three times as likely as Asians. For African American men between the ages 30 and 40, one in every ten is in prison or jail on any given day. According to Unlocking America, if African American and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates as Whites, today’s prison and jail…

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