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Unformatted text preview: Explain the over- representation of minority ethnic people in the American prison population. Slavery and black history It must be remembered that the following factors are key to assisting understanding and explaining cycles of deprivation and overall representations of ethnic minorities within the U.S prison population. SLAVERY SEGREGATION ON THE GROUNDS OF RACE NO RIGHTS UNTIL CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT CAMPAIGN-ABOUT 40 YEARS AGO Plain facts The most recent figures from the Justice Departments correctional reporting agencies show that, in 2002, African Americans nationally were incarcerated at 7 times the rate of Whites Latinos were incarcerated at 2.5 times the rate of Whites. African Americans and Latinos comprised 68% of all prisoners in 2002, even though African Americans and Latinos make up only 25% of the US population. People from minority ethnic backgrounds are disproportionately arrested, stopped, questioned, shot and killed by the police. This could contribute to the over-representation of minority ethnic people in the American prison population, because the more one group is stopped by the police the more likely they are to be sent to jail than another group. (i.e. white people) Over representation of ethnic minorities The over representation of black people in arrest and conviction rates for crimes is clearly reflected in their proportion of the general incarcerated population. Black adults comprise approx. 11% of the nations adult population. The department of Justice data revealed that 47% of the state prisoners and 33% of the federal prisoners in the U.S were black. Representation of black males in U.S prisons Overall black males comprise 46% of the prisons population. This is evidently a worrying and significantly high statistic. The likelihood of black males being imprisoned is at least 8 times that of white males or those of other ethnic groups and 204 times that of white females. During their lifetime, black male natives are 6 to 7 times more likely to serve time in prison than white males born in the United states. Representation of black females in U.S prisons Black females are 8 times more likely to be imprisoned than white females and face at least 6 times greater likelihood than other ethnic minority group females. The statistics for both men and women whom are imprisoned in U.S prisons appears to be statistically similar. 48% of black females represent the prison population nationwide. This identifies that the over representation of the prison pop. for both black males and females is significantly high The black and white crime differential Marvin Wolfgang's Philadelphia study of criminal homicide revealed that black men between the ages of 20 and 24 had a rate conviction more than 25 times greater than white men of the same age....
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course CJ 3323 taught by Professor Mijares during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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