Why We Need The Mass Incarceration? Essay

2181 Words Nov 30th, 2016 9 Pages
Do people really understand what mass incarceration is? African Americans and Latino’s are the ones being thrown in prisons and jails over white people. Why is that? Who is protecting our society when individuals are being thrown in jails for committing nonviolent crimes? “African Americans are subject to legalized discrimination in employment, housing, education, public benefits, and jury service, just as their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents once were.” (Alexander 2010) What is this teaching our younger generations? We use our criminal justice system to label people ‘criminals” and then leave them behind bars. It is legal to discriminate which is insane. As time goes on, we have not ended racial discrimination in America, but we have upgraded it.

Understanding: What is going on here? Mass incarceration is a unique way of saying that the United States has locked up a tremendous amount of the population in state and federal prisons, and even local jails. The U.S is currently locking over 2.2 million human beings in cages, and many are for nonviolent offenses.
Mass incarceration rates continue to rise. There are spaces in the prisons and jails, where there are situations such as no beds available. So what do we do with the individuals going to jail, or prison? The United States is not only tripling beds in the different pods, but also are quadrupling beds in the pods. In this case, it continues to get overcrowded, and with that being said, more…

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