The American Legal System through the Eyes of Hip-Hop

The Hip-Hop community and their cultural appurtenances challenge authority on America by turning the "U.S . Imprisonment Philosophy" inside out , effectively defeating the ground purposes of imprisonment and punishment . The Hip-Hop community portrays The American Imprisonment System as corrupted and racially bias . Studies show that music not only alters the mood of a person ,but also their perspective on life. Since the arrival of 'Gangsta' rap in the mid 1980's , Hip-hop music has negatively influenced the attitudes , of its' listeners, toward the American Legal System.
Before one can hope to understand how the Hip-Hop community can possibly turn the "U.S .Imprisonment Philosophy" on it’s head one must be familiar with this philosophy . The purpose of imprisonment in the United States is to dissuade potential,and residing criminals from leading lives of crime . There are two types of deterrence("Deterrence Theory"),one type is "General Deterrence", the other “Specific Deterrence”.
One method of deterrence is “General Deterrence” , which is designed to "prevent crime in the general population" by making an example of the current offenders . More often than not , potential offenders acknowledge the punishment their criminal predecessor received, notices the stigma that follows that criminal, and decide on a different path .
The other stratagem of deterrence is "Specific Deterrence" , "designed to dissuade the criminal that committed the crime." . The objective of this tactic of deterrence is to apply enough pain and or suffering to offset the pleasure that criminal receives from committing the previous crime , in result that criminals desire to avoid further punishment would supersede their aspiration for a life of crime
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...ut how young black guys are targeted
Targeted by who? America
You see, one in every 100 Americans are locked up
One in every 9 black Americans are locked up.
In his lyrics, Lil Wayne describes the conditions and statistics of federal oppression and detainment of black people.

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