corrections week three lecture notes
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Week Three January 25-29 Social Inequality Race and Justice? Incarceration rates: o African American males 3098 per 100k o Hispanics males 1278 per 100k o White males 370 per 100k African Americans = 50% of prison population, but 12% of US population African Americans men 7 times more likely than whites to be incarcerated Race and Injustice? 1 out of 3 African American males (in their 20s) are under some form of correctional supervision 1 out of 4 African American males goes to prison in their lifetime In Baltimore, 56% of young African Americans were under supervision In DC, 1/2 of African American males age 18-35 were under supervision Terminology Disparity: the inequality of treatment of one group by CJ system compared to treatment accorder other groups o Legitimate differences Discrimination: differential treatment of groups without reference to an individual's behavior or qualifications o Illegitimate differences Disparity? Differential criminality o The argument that African Americans commit more of the crime and therefore represent more the inmates Reasons for Differential criminality o Propensity o Social and economic disadvantages 45% of black children in poverty (15% white, 38% Hispanic) Discrimination? Evidence of discrimination requires that groups with same level of criminality are treated differently by CJ system 83% of convictions for selling crack cocaine were African American o Average sentence length for crack cocaine trafficking is twice that for selling powder Evidence for Discrimination Crime Race UCR NCVS (arrest) (victims) Rape African 42.8% 28.9% American 55.5% 58.5% White Robbery African 60.9% 56.4% Week Three January 25-29 American 37.7% 34.9% White Aggravated African 38.4% 30.5% assault American 59.5% 59.8% White Drugs as Example African Americans represent 13% of monthly drug users 35% of arrests 55% of convictions 74% of prison sentences It's Not Just About Race Its really about class o OJ Simpson Karl Marx argued that race was a tool of the powerful to keep the lower class fighting amongst itself …and the poor get prison
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