9:16:08 crime & punishment

9:16:08 crime & punishment - Incarceration in the...

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Incarceration in the US Over 2 Million Americans currently in prison Over 7 million under correctional supervision US has the highest incarceration rate in the world Disproportionate number of poor and minorities Why this pattern? Prison reflects dangers in our society Higher crime rates among these populations Criminal Justice System What is a “crime”? Current definition excludes a variety of actions White-collar crime Definition of crime is the first step in a multi-stage process Arrest 91% of Americans admit to violating laws that could have resulted in prison time Class does not explain differences in self-reports Some studies show greater incidence among upper classes Even those that show greater incidence among lower classes demonstrate a disparity between arrest rates and self-reports Race also emerges as important factor War on Drugs 1986-1991 War on Drugs leads to 10 fold increase in prisoners from 1980-1993 Arrests for minorities double in relation to non-minorities Almost completely due to drug offenses
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