I’m researching a documentary proposal and

I just can’t get my head round this figure:

In the USA one in nine black men aged 20 to 34 is behind bars.

Infact the USA locks up more black people per 100000 then South Africa did under a racist government.

Stunned.

If you don’t think racial inequality is an issue anymore then you must think that black people carry some kind of criminal gene.  The same gene that makes them such bad photographers.  What other explanation can there be?

UPDATE:

This is a comment from Stan Banos … well more than a comment really … its a disgrace:

And 1 in 4 are either in jail, prison, on parole or on probation…
http://www.drugpolicy.org/library/schiraldi2.cfm

If you don’t consider and study all the other vital, mitigating facts and circumstances, it’s (very) easy to arrive at the false and racist conclusion that African Americans are therefore more criminally prone. These statistics are a bit out of date- though I doubt they’ve improved much…

While blacks and whites use drugs at approximately the same rate, African Americans were arrested for drug offenses at approximately 5 times the rate of whites during the height of the drug war in 1989.(6)

African Americans are imprisoned at 5 times the rate of their counterparts in apartheid South Africa.(7)

In San Francisco, African Americans are imprisoned at 10 times the rate of blacks in South Africa.(8)

Two-thirds of the men of color in California were arrested at least once between the ages of 19 and 30.(9)

African Americans are charged under California’s “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law at 17 times the rate of whites in Los Angeles,(10) and 13 times the rate of whites in San Francisco.(11)

While 78% of drug users in Sacramento County, California are white, only 34% of those arrested for narcotics offenses are white. Conversely, 52% of those arrested for drug offenses in Sacramento are African American even though African Americans make up only 12% of the county’s drug users.(12)

At almost every stage of the criminal justice process, whites fair better than African Americans or Latinos. One third of white first offenders had their charges reduced compared to only one quarter of African Americans and Latinos. White first offenders received rehabilitative placements in the community at twice the rate of blacks or Latinos. Latinos went to prison for drug offenses at twice the rate of whites. African Americans received prison sentences one third more frequently than whites.(13)

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Discussion (7 Comments)

  1. …and USA locks up more people per capita than China

    • duckrabbit says:

      I know its terrifying. The Americans would say the system ‘works’ because its cutting crime. Its just a shame they’re not so tough on the cause of crime!

  2. Stan Banos says:

    And 1 in 4 are either in jail, prison, on parole or on probation…
    http://www.drugpolicy.org/library/schiraldi2.cfm

    If you don’t consider and study all the other vital, mitigating facts and circumstances, it’s (very) easy to arrive at the false and racist conclusion that African Americans are therefore more criminally prone. These statistics are a bit out of date- though I doubt they’ve improved much…

    While blacks and whites use drugs at approximately the same rate, African Americans were arrested for drug offenses at approximately 5 times the rate of whites during the height of the drug war in 1989.(6)
    African Americans are imprisoned at 5 times the rate of their counterparts in apartheid South Africa.(7) In San Francisco, African Americans are imprisoned at 10 times the rate of blacks in South Africa.(8)
    Two-thirds of the men of color in California were arrested at least once between the ages of 19 and 30.(9)
    African Americans are charged under California’s “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law at 17 times the rate of whites in Los Angeles,(10) and 13 times the rate of whites in San Francisco.(11)
    While 78% of drug users in Sacramento County, California are white, only 34% of those arrested for narcotics offenses are white. Conversely, 52% of those arrested for drug offenses in Sacramento are African American even though African Americans make up only 12% of the county’s drug users.(12)
    At almost every stage of the criminal justice process, whites fair better than African Americans or Latinos. One third of white first offenders had their charges reduced compared to only one quarter of African Americans and Latinos. White first offenders received rehabilitative placements in the community at twice the rate of blacks or Latinos. Latinos went to prison for drug offenses at twice the rate of whites. African Americans received prison sentences one third more frequently than whites.(13)

  3. Stan B. says:

    The prison industrial complex is one of the few growth industries left in the US, while school budgets (particularly in urban areas) are being slashed nonstop. Prisoners from urban areas are then shipped to prisons (many of them for profit, private enterprises) in rural (ie- mostly white) areas where the prisoners have no civil rights, but are counted as residents of the community so that they conveniently draw in additional tax dollars for those outside the prison walls. The new “Golden Triangle.”

  4. “Some kids I’ll describe as friends say I am race obsessed,
    the luxury of your opinion shows that you are blessed.”

    –Stew: http://www.ted.com/talks/stew_says_black_men_ski.html

  5. PS My pick for the most important recent book on the subject is Glenn Loury’s “Race, Incarceration, and American Values”:

    http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=11555

    PPS What’s a black progressive? A black conservative who’s been mugged by the criminal Just-Us system.

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