Minorities As The Majority Population Of Recidivist

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with minorities as the majority population of recidivist. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics criminals with longer prison sentences were associated with an increased chance of recidivating. 46.9% of inmates released from prison were re-convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor within three years of release. This study was an implemented sample study of fifteen states in 1994. In a more recent study the BJS conducted it found that a 67.8% of prisoners were re-arrested within three years of their release. The increase of percentage is because of a broader study and an increase of total prisoners. Despite the nature of the crime the bulk of these criminals, which are being housed together are returning to prison at an accelerated rate. The more punitive the sentencing, the higher a likelihood of recidivism. Blacks and Hispanics are more frequently sentenced in an overly punitive manner. Not only are the black and Hispanic prisoners affected by the sentencing and their reentry to prison but their families and their communities as a whole are affected. The term recidivism has been around since the late 18th century and early 19th century. This country’s criminal justice system started as a means to disadvantage, and subjugate African American slaves. The system made sure minorities were disenfranchised starting a sequence of imprisonment and creating the lack of family structure, education and economic status. The further up a history time line the higher the

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