|Racism and Incarceration: African-Americans in US jails|
There Are More African Americans Under Correctional Control Today Than In 1850 Slave-holding America …
More Are In Jail Than In Apartheid South Africa …
And More Are Disenfranchised Than The Year The Constitutional Amendment Giving Blacks the Right To Vote Was Ratified
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world … higher than Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea or Iran.
While the United States represents about 5 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.
But all people aren’t treated equally .. African-Americans are treated especially poorly.
Michelle Alexander – a law school professor who directed Stanford Law School’s Civil Rights Clinic and served as law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun at the U. S. Supreme Court – notes:
A report released last year by the National Research Council – an arm of the National Academy of Sciences – found:
Today, a new study published by Robynn J.A. Cox – assistant professor of economics at Spelman College – finds:
Chart’s from Cox’s study tell the tale:
Postscript: The prison-industrial complex is part of the problem. Indeed, private prison corporations obtain quotas from the government, where the government guarantees a certain number of prisoners at any given time.
And some really big corporations use prisoners to provide cheap labor. Indeed, some call it a new form of slavery. (As if we didn’t have enough of the traditional kind)