Drugs and New Orleans Teens

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Louisiana is a state that is known for its diverse population totaling 4,533,372 men women and children of all different races and ages, but the age and race this paper pertains to is that ranging from the age of 15 to 24, and the race would be African American males. According to latest statistical information approximately 334,987 African-American males between the ages of 15 and 24 live in the state of Louisiana which represents 7.3894% of the total African-American population, which is 1,452,396 African-Americans, residing the state of Louisiana (U.S. Census Bureau 2012).
According to the United States Department of Justice as March 2014 there are approximately 39398 prisoners ,statewide , in Louisiana prisons and of that number 26,776 of the inmates are classified as African-American, of that number 94.4% are African American males which accounts for 25,277 male inmates in prisons (Le Blanc June 30, 2013). It has been said that, the etiology as it relates to African-American males, in the prison system, attended substandard schools that are not considered to be a safest environment, that the communities they grew up in are violent therefore, violence was witnessed on a day-to-day basis and it became a normal part of day-to-day life for these youth and they also became part of that cycle.
It has been suggested that the epidemiology of these African –American males, in a number of cases, having grown up in this situation in a single parent home with only a mother

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