Little more than one out of every one hundred New York youths arrested for muggings, beatings, rape and murder ended up in a correctional institution. Another report showed a delinquent boy has to be arrested on average thirteen times before the court will act more restrictive than probation. Laws began changing as early as 1978 in New York to try juveniles over 12 who commit violent crimes as adults did. However, even since the laws changed only twenty percent of serious offenders served any time. The decision of whether to waive a juven... ... middle of paper ... ...sier to flip the switch, pull the lever, or inject the needle.
That means that they make up nearly 45% of the entire prison population. Yet, according to the 2010 census numbers, blacks (including Hispanic blacks), only make up 13.6% of America’s population (“United S... ... middle of paper ... ...es_m.pdf Incarceration in the United States. (2014, Apr 29). Retrieved May 4, 2014 from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/incarceration_in_the_United_States#Race McElwee, S. (2013, July 1). America’s awful, terrible, no good, very bad prison system.
Moreover, black males born today have a one in three chance of going to prison during their lifetime, compared to a one in seventeen chance for white males. These trends have been exacerbated by the impact of the "war on drugs," with three-fourths of all drug offenders being persons of color, far out of proportion to thei... ... middle of paper ... ...people and it should be abolished. References Author Unknown (2015) Race and the Death Penalty, ACLU. Web. 28 Nov. 2015. https://www.aclu.org/race-and-death-penalty Author Unknown (1994, March) Racial Disparities in Federal Death Penalty Prosecutions 1988-1994 [Online], Available: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/article.
There are about 10,000 kids under the age of 18 in an adult prison today. About 3,000 of those were sentenced to life without parole. B. Should kids be tried and convicted as adults? Right now, kids as young as 8 and 9 years old are being sent to adult prisons for the remainder of their lives.
According to NACP statistics (http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet) African American and Hispanics make up 58% of all prisoners even though African Americans and Hispanics make up 25 % of the United States population. According to Hurwitz and Peffley (2010) Caucasian men older than 18 have a 1 in 106 chance of being imprisoned, while in comparison to a 1 in 16 chance of being imprisoned for African American men in the same age range. According to (Coker,2003) estimated that 28 % of African Americans will be incarcerated at one point in their lifetimes. Small (2001) stated that one out of three African Americans in their twenties are either in jail, prison, on probation, or parole. Small (2001) stated that although African Americans make up 13 % of all drug users in America, they are 35 % of the people arrested for drug possession and 55 % of the people convicted for drug possession.
The alarm clock is used by Wright to signal to his audience the strong presence of racism in the United States. He... ... middle of paper ... ...tion than the Black man is. The Black man is more likely to get stopped by a cop than the white man is. Wright allows his readers to identify such racial discrepancies and to question the reason behind them. Although the physical enslavement of African people is a thing of the past, they are still mentally enslaved in the present.
African Americans are mostly affected by mass incarceration. African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population. African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of white, it is projected that one in every three African Americans birth are expected to go to prison. "The consequences for black men have radiated out to their families. By 2000, more than 1 million black children had a father in jail or prison"(Coates pg.2).
Twenty-seven years in prison didn’t change Mandela’s stance on racial oppression, and throughout his sentence, he became a martyr for equal rights and freedom. Growing up in the Xhosas community, Mandela learned through observation. Like many others, “[his] life…was shaped by customs, rituals, and taboo” (Long Walk to Freedom). Being raised in a society full of corrupt government officials, Mandela leaned toward social equality even from an early age. In 1962, Mandela was arrested during the Rivonia Trial for a conspiracy of overthrowing the government.
He was sentenced to life in prison and is required to serve mandatory minimum 30 years before becoming eligible for consideration of parole”(Moscow-Pullman, section 6, par. 8), but even after confessing to the two out of the eight murders, he only continued to give information about others. Jesperson ended up being convicted of three out of the eight murders and is currently spending three life sentenced in
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