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SOCIOLOGY 183 Race and Ethnic Relations Session 5: Racialized Mass Incarceration Dr. Seth D. Hannah
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Tulia, Texas Tragedy: The War on Drugs Exposed • In 1999 Tom Coleman launches undercover sting operation • 46 Arrests (39 Convictions) • Named Texas lawman of the year • Poster Boy for aggressive and successful war on drugs
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Tulia, Texas Tragedy: The War on Drugs Exposed
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Tulia, Texas Tragedy: The War on Drugs Exposed • 40 of those arrested were black • All others arrested were Latinos OR were in interracial marriages • All were pardoned by Governor • Won Civil Suit $5 million settlement
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Tulia, Texas Tragedy: The War on Drugs Exposed
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Tulia, Texas Tragedy: The War on Drugs Exposed
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Agenda • Establish Phenomena of Racialized Mass Incarceration • Effects of (Racialized) Mass Incarceration • Synthetic, Broad-gauge Perspectives on Why? -- Loic Wacquant’s “Deadly Symbosis”
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Adult Correctional Population, 1980-2007
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Prison Inmates per 100,000 Males, 1925-2006
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Prison Inmates per 100,000 Males, 1925-2006
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International Incarceration Rates(per 100,000), 2008
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The Bottom Line of the Pew Report • Three decades of growth in America’s prison population has quietly nudged the nation across a sobering threshold: for the first time, more than one in every 100 adults is now confined in an American jail or prison. The number of people behind bars in the United States continued to climb in 2007, saddling cash- strapped states with soaring costs they can ill afford and failing to have a clear impact either on recidivism or overall crime.
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SOURCE: Analysis of "Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2006," published June 2007 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. All demographic statistics, with exception of "1 in every 100 adults" are midyear 2006, not 2008 figures.
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Chambliss’s Analysis Political entrepreneurship coupled with media and other elite interests Discriminatory (selective over-policed application of the law) in low income, especially minority communities
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Chambliss (cn’td) • “For the young black male population overpoliced and overincarcerated whose lives are a torment of poverty and policing, current policies have created a hostile and divided society. Racism is justified by the self-fulfilling prophesy of policing the ghetto and pointing the finger at ghetto crime rates as a justification for institutionalizing racism” (p. 256).
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Source: Los Angeles Times February 19, 2001
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Total Population and Prison Percentages by Race for Males, 2007
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Source : The Sentencing Project
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CALIFORNIA
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and Crime (the “New” Sociological Approaches) • D. Massey 1995. “Getting Away with Murder: Segregation and Violent Crime in Urban America.” • R. Sampson and W. J. Wilson 1995. “Toward a Theory of Race, Crime, and
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