The Importance Of Criminalization

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Criminalization is an institutional arrangement that emerged from institutional forces such as vagrancy laws and being tough on crime, resulting in African American men being criminalized and having a negative impact on the solidarity of communities making it unsustainable. When these laws take place, it leaves the African American men feeling vulnerable and attached. Social institutional arrangements cause inequality. In the New Jim Crow book, it is clear how the laws are so tough on crime and it causes Many unnecessary incarcerations which is no better because in these facilities there is gang violence that just puts these “criminals” back in a bad environment. “Race had become, yet again, a powerful wedge, breaking up what had been a solid…show more content…
Once a person is put in prison for a crime they are immediately classified as a criminal for the rest of their lives and are prone to go to jail because it just makes sense. This ideology of in criminality is what maintains the system of mass incarceration. A substantial perspective of this is that it is inhumane. It is inhumane to classify a human as a criminal for the rest of their life for what may have been a petty crime that was committed. “While some have argued that increases in purchasing power in developing countries have a detrimental ecological impact, higher production wages will raise the consumption of the poor, rather than the middle classes (Shor, 318). This quote comes straight from an important article and describes how consumerism in the middle class is much different than the poor. Though they may not have as much money as the higher class they still have money for the things they need and a few things they may want as well. There comes inequality in this system because the upper class looks down on both the middle class and the poor which creates tension. “The preferable path would be to institute structural changes in the operation of the global economy” (Shor, 318). This quote from Shor is an example of how structural change is needed in society so that people who have been incarcerated do not feel so different after leaving…show more content…
Mass incarceration is a consequence of criminalization that negatively impacts the solidarity of communities. When civilians see all the incarceration in their communities they become distressed and agitated. They find this act unfair and want justice so they become violent in their own ways. This is very common in African Americans wanting justice and it becomes an unhealthy pattern that becomes the governments problem because essentially everything connects to each other and falls in place coordinating with each other. “Human Rights Watch reported in 2000 that, in seven states, African Americans constitute 80 to 90 percent all of drug offenders sent to prison (Alexander, 99). This quote used from the book proves African Americans commit more offenses to be incarcerated and is becomes unsustainable when the statistics show these percentages and makes people assume that black people are the only ones committing these crimes. A great example of this would-be neighbors calling 911 on every little situation to occur instead of talking to the neighbor beforehand. They just assume there is chaos and would rather get the police involved instead of attempting to resolve the situation
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