Diversity within the Criminal Justice System Essay

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The US Justice Department statistics 2003 and onwards demonstrates significant disproportion in the incarceration rate of minority African American and Hispanic men between the ages of 25 and 29 years as compared to the rate associated with White men of the same age. Bell (2007), proposes that as minority groups grow in numbers within the dominant group they will experience greater equality. However, rate of incarceration among minority males remains alarmingly high and as compared to their White counterparts. As with health care there are racial disparities that will influence outcomes when an individual is brought before the criminal courts. Additionally, there is significant correlation between a person’s level of …show more content…
There is tremendous racial disproportion that exists within the population of incarcerated men between the ages of 25 and 29 years. In 2003 the US Justice Department reported at midyear that about 10.4% of the entire African-American male population in the United States aged 25 to 29 was incarcerated. This represented the largest racial or ethnic group, by comparison to 2.4% of Hispanic men and 1.2% of white men in that same age group. What makes these numbers more alarming is that blacks make up only 12.7% of the U.S. population yet they make up 48.2% of adults in federal, state, or local prisons and jails while Hispanics represent 11.1% of the U.S. population and18.6% of the prison population. It is important to note that whites were often over counted in the prison population when the “white” Hispanics for example, are counted among them. This may cause variations in statistical data depending on who, where, when and how data was collected. This data is representative of the prison population at midyear 2003 but the trend continues currently as there was little shift in the midyear 2007 statistical data. Up to 2002 the Justice Policy Institute reported that African American male prison population had grown some five times what it was twenty…