Nearly A Third Of All Female Prisoners Worldwide Are Incarcerated In The United States

20140923_Female_Prisoners_FoCan’t believe this statistic!!!! Never knew so many women were incarcerated in the United States more so then anywhere else in the world. Check out this website and the picture below! What kind of country do we live in that we have the most incarcerated individuals, the most females incarcerated, and majority of the prisoners are of color. Mind-blowing!!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2014/09/23/nearly-a-third-of-all-female-prisoners-worldwide-are-incarcerated-in-the-united-states-infographic/

by: Alanah

Affirmative- Minorities at a Disadvantage in a Country of Inmates

“One in every three black males born today can expect to go to prison at some point in their life, compared with one in every six Latino males, and one in every 17 white males, if current incarceration trends continue.” As stated in an article by Saki Knafo in the Huffington Post.

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There is a major racial disparity in the criminal justice system of the United States. The United States is ranked with the highest amount of individuals incarcerated. Given the information above you can easily conclude that most of the individuals incarcerated are minorities. Once released from prison these previous inmates face another hurdle of finding employment and possible legitimate earnings that can provide for themselves and their families. This has also been considered an explanation for the wages gap between White Americans and Black Americans (Cox, R.). Which has lead these ex-offenders to fall back into a vicious cycle in order to provide for themselves.

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Another hurdle ex-offenders face, whether white or black, is the ability to vote depending on which state you reside in.  That means one in every three black males and one in every six latino males are deprived from voting, leaving the majority of voters white. Without the ability and encouragement to vote, these citizens are left out of a big part of our population that are being under represented. Without their representation the United States will continue to be the highest ranked country with the most prisoners. Most of this information is known to the American public, which has shaped the perceptions on minorities. This perception has pushed individuals to think of minorities in ways that lead them to be subjected to certain social norms.  To conclude this thought, inmates face so many hurdles once they are released but minorities face even more hurdles that are systematically difficult to overcome.

Alanah

References:

Cox, R. (2015, January 16). Where Do We Go from Here? Mass Incarceration and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Retrieved March 24, 2015, from http://www.epi.org/publication/where-do-we-go-from-here-mass-incarceration-and-the-struggle-for-civil-rights/

Knafo, S. (2013, October 4). 1 In 3 Black Males Will Go To Prison In Their Lifetime, Report Warns. Retrieved March 24, 2015, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/racial-disparities-criminal-justice_n_4045144.html

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