Disparities in Criminal Sentencing: Research Report

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A number of factors contribute to this alarming statistics. While focusing on incarceration, studies demonstrate that the population in national prisons has increased by more than 600% from 1970s (Robinson, 2009). This is a significantly large number compared to the 40% increase in the national population during the same period. Before the 70s, the judicial systems in America were viewed as the most liberal, progressive, and humane. In the 1980s, federal and state governments launched new correctional centers to support the inflow of prisoners (United States Department of Labor, Office of Policy Planning and Research, 1965). Across these correctional facilities, societal, cultural, and economic inequalities were the leading contributors of Black males' incarceration rates. This study examines the factors that led to this high incarceration rate among African-American males.
Socio-Economic Inequality
Structural socio-economic favoritism refers to the contrast in the distribution of assets, economic resources, and salary between individuals in society. While examining the statistics, I understood that such disparities contribute to the increasing detention rates in United States. The prison boom and the inequality both stems from the mid-1970s (Cohen, 2010). To demonstrate this…
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