Mass Incarceration Is An Important Topic Because It Has

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Mass Incarceration is an important topic because it has a huge impact on the United States. The United States has the highest incarcerated population in the world, with 716 out of 100,000 citizens behind bars(Thompson). Another important topic is that a certain race and ethnicity are behind bars which are the African Americans and Latinos than whites. But African Americans are 1 in 3, Latinos are 1 in 6, and whites are 1 in 17 who will be in prison during their lifetime(Knafo). A topic that is also important and affects the United States dramatically is the annual cost which is 81 billion(Thompson). The main reason for people getting incarcerated is because of drugs, so 1 in 5 people are incarcerated for a drug offense. And most of these…show more content…
And about two-thirds are there for either property or violent crimes” (Lopez, 2016). “A lot of mainstream media attention goes to the federal prison system and war on drugs. But most people in prison are held at the state level, and they 're usually in for violent offenses” (Lopez, 2016). In this theory it is notable that predominantly Black and Latinos are receiving longer and tougher sentences. "Tough on crime" policies that are still with us today are the reason for Mass Incarceration (Lopez, 2016). There are more than two million people incarcerated in the U.S, whether it is in jails, prisons, or immigration detentions and the race with the highest percentage of imprisoned people are blacks. For many years, black men have always been at top of the list for going to prison during their lifetime. Following black men would be the Latino males, than white males, and so forth. Minorities are usually arrested more than whites. This is because they get off way easier with police officers and the law. Blacks have it the hardest where they get pulled over for any and everything. Most of the time they get killed for doing absolutely nothing wrong. Everyone is supposed to be treated fair, but police officers have their own motto for that. “Once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences.” (Knafo, 2014). Police find anything to arrest people for, especially blacks, just to be able
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