Labeling Theory And Its Effects On The United States Essay

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Labeling Theory would argue that incarcerating individuals such as low level drug dealers leads to the label of a criminal record, which often increases the likelihood of reoffending due to one’s failure to find legitimate employment as an ex-convict. In class we watched a video that was title Dateline Intersection and that video showed good examples of the labeling theory and even showed recidivism. The program in the video Project S.T.A.N.D (Stop and Take a New
Direction) goal was trying to rehabilitate rather than incarcerate low level drug dealers in an attempt to keep them from a life of crime and or incarceration. The video was based on drug dealing, on the street level and was in North Charleston, South Carolina. Under the guidance of two officers Charity Prosser and Jamel Foster. When law enforcement in North Charleston did a drug raid in January 2011, eight identified dealers were purposely not arrested. The eight was selected because they were young, low-level and not violent. They were offered a deal. If they agreed to enter a program of education and work at a legal job, they wouldn’t face charges. The program lasted a year with the eight African American males with Prosser and Foster at their side for guidance. They helped them get jobs from part-time jobs to part-time jobs, and even took them back and forth to work. Also, they worked with them as they studied for their high school diplomas. At first not all of them wanted to do the program because of they were
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