Lecture 8 Four Peculiar Institutions

Lecture 8 Four Peculiar Institutions - Is Justice Blind...

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Unformatted text preview: Is Justice Blind? Neo-Slavery Under the US Constitution The first number is the percentage of Black Americans in the state and the second number is the percentage of Black Americans making up the prison population in that state. Arkansas 16% Black - 52% in Prison Georgia 29% Black - 64% in Prison Louisiana 33% Black - 76% in Prison Mississippi 36% Black - 75% IN Prison Alabama 26% Black - 65% in Prison Tennessee 16% Black - 53% in Prison Kentucky 7% Black - 36% in Prison South Carolina 30% Black - 70% in Prison North Carolina 22% Black - 64% in Prison Virginia 20% Black - 68% in Prison What’s changed in the past 30 years? o THE US INCARCERATES MORE OF ITS POPULATION THAN ANY OTHER NATION o IN THE WORLD ON ANY GIVEN DAY, ONE IN THREE AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN IN THEIR 20S IS UNDER SOME FORM OF CORRECTIONAL SUPERVISION: PRISON, PROBATION, PAROLE o WOMEN’S RATES OF INCARCERATION FOR SOME CRIMES HAS UPPED 800% o AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN ARE 10X MORE LIKELY THAN WHITE MEN TO GO TO JAIL/PRISON o ALTHOUGH RATES OF CRIME HAVE STAYED THE SAME AND GONE DOWN, INCARCERATION HAS SKYROCKETED o ALTHOUGH RATES OF MOST CRIMES ARE ABOUT EQUAL FOR WHITES AND BLACKS, INCARCERATION HAS SKYROCKETED FOR BLACKS o IN FACT, WHEREAS 70% OF PRISONS USED TO BE WHITE (70s); 70% IS NOW BLACK “The War on Drugs” AKA, the disproportionate war on the working and underclass, and people of color. Let’s do a time warp... “Four Peculiar Institutions”...
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2012 for the course SOCI 1160 taught by Professor Cantrell during the Spring '08 term at Georgia State.

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Lecture 8 Four Peculiar Institutions - Is Justice Blind...

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