“Representing just 5% of the world’s population… [America] now holds 25% of its inmates.” Of the 25% of inmates, 51% are of people of color (American Civil Liberties Union). Many individuals argue it’s because people of color commit the most crimes, however, studies have shown that all races equally commit their share of crimes. The start of mass incarceration began when the government started a “War on Drugs,” a polite way of enacting a war on people of color. A key ingredient to support that the War on Drugs was a war on people of color, is the fact that the federal government made sentences for crack cocaine longer than sentences for powder cocaine; crack cocaine was more predominate in neighborhoods of people of color whereas, powder was in suburban neigh...
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...le paths for the United States to choose instead of the path of war, but because of fear mongering and racism, the war began.
In conclusion, many states are following the Texas Prison Reform Model when it comes to prisons. Those states are praising the Texas Model for their ability to close down several prisons and save the taxpayers thousands of dollars. The praise of the “success” of the Texas Model spreads harmful and incorrect information. The Texas Model did, however, save the taxpayers money, but it failed to decrease racial disparity. It has also failed to give a reasoning behind the cause of mass incarceration of people of color. The spread of this “success” is harmful and invalid, saving the taxpayers a few dimes and pennies does not answer why 35 percent of inmates are African American and why they are criminalized harsher and more frequently than whites.
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