Mass Incarceration SLAM! The cell door closes and locks. In this paper, I will talk about the impact of the mass incarceration on society and why it is a bad thing for our country. I will also talk about the opposing argument for mass incarceration. Finally, I will explain why we need to stop it all before it’s too late. This system perpetuates racism. Mass incarceration is a terrible system that has many innocent people in jail and many more people afraid of anyone with a black skin color. Mass incarceration has a very negative impact on society. It has been around for a while and it mainly targets people of color whether they are of African American race or not. For example, if a black man and a white man were walking down the street at different times, and the police were nearby, the police would be much more likely to stop the black man and ask him questions or be suspicious of his presence than they would the white man. This happens …show more content…
Their reasons may be that it keeps people off the streets and protects the good people of America. This is true but some of the people in jail are innocent. Some police will arrest a black man just because he looks suspicious. This happens everyday and most people are blind to it until the media blows it out of proportion. You see a lot more stories about black men being arrested or involved in a crime than white men because that’s what the media does.
Mass incarceration needs to stop. It is a crime against the African American race. It makes black men look like terrible people and makes some people afraid of them. If police could stop being so suspicious of black men and the media could stop portraying them so badly, America would be a better place. We need to work together instead of against each other to end mass incarceration and the fear and hatred towards blacks. Mass incarceration is more of an idea rather than an actual
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