The Big Takeaway.docx - Running head MASS INCARCERATION 1 Analyzing Mass Incarceration Raven Henry Samantha Joseph and Wendy Salazar West Los Angeles

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Running head: MASS INCARCERATION 1 Analyzing Mass Incarceration Raven Henry, Samantha Joseph, and Wendy Salazar West Los Angeles College Author’s Note This paper was prepared for Professor Lanoix’s Intro To Sociology course on May 27, 2019. Questions/concerns regarding this paper can contact Raven Henry at (310) 916-8624, Samantha Joseph at (323) 492-4666, and Wendy Salazar at (323) 849-8123.
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Running head: MASS INCARCERATION 2 Mass Incarceration was chosen because it was shocking to find out that African Americans/Minorities are being exploited into a modern day form of slavery by their white counterparts. This topic was not easy to pick because not everyone can comprehend that slavery does still exist. Instead of calling Mass Incarceration slavery, the government decided to call it the War on Drugs and Violence. In the textbook Introduction To Sociology 2e it states a term that highlighted that situation perfectly which was Institutional Racism. “Institutional Racism refers to the way in which racism is embedded into the fabric of society. For example, the disproportionate number of black men arrested, charged, and convicted of crimes that may reflect racial profiling” (Griffiths et al., 2015 pg. 228). In other words, those with authority made it seem as though they were attacking drugs, violence and crime, but their main target was enslaving low income african american communities into the prison system. Through a sociological point of view, crime and law are two factors that contribute towards deviant behavior. Deviant behavior is the act of ruinous nature that goes against social norms. Many forms of deviant behavior is displayed in low income communities resulting in gang violence, drug dealers, and prostitution. Many individuals are influenced by gang violence, drugs, and prostitution because it is seen as a level of comfort and an easy way to make a living. Impoverished living can become overwhelming of not having enough money to buy items one may want. Many young boys and girls are influenced by what surrounds them. Risk factors that causes deviant behavior to occur derives from broken families, child abuse, neglect, and poverty.
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