Who Am I? And Why Do I Care

I am interested in the incarceration rate in the United States and its affects on our nation. We have incarcerated so many Americans and have created a system that hurts our society instead of protecting it. America is damaged and our prison system might have contributed. We are weakened by the over population in prisons today. This affect has caused Americans to pay a great deal more in taxes for the ability to hold these inmates in prison. The justice system isn’t properly screening these individuals and their crimes. They instead bunch all the lawbreakers together and host them on Americans tap. Once released from prison these individuals have a difficult time finding a job and properly contributing to society. This system only pushes these individuals into a vicious cycle and encourages them to make repeat mistakes. What I find most disheartening is the racial gap in our incarnation rate. In a Stanford article just written this past year, mentions that African Americans make up 12% of the United States population and 40% of the inmates in our justice system. You would think, as a nation who prides itself on equality would be a little more equal. These are the reasons I decided to focus my attention on this particular subject. I want to learn more about where we are as of now and what ideas are in place for our future. I am currently senior in college pursuing a degree in communications with the hopes of working for a public relations firm in the near future.

-Alanah ME

Tonn, S. (2014, August 6). Stanford research suggests support for incarceration mirrors whites’ perception of black prison populations. Retrieved March 3, 2015, from http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/august/prison-black-laws-080614.html

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