Prison Rehabilitation

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Throughout history American laws have been erected to disrupt and destroy the lives of African Americans, and prisons were created solely as a form of criminal punishment and not as a form of rehabilitation. Laws created by our government target Black people, which has made it harder for them to avoid the criminal justice system. It is reported that 6.5 percent of black men in the United States population are incarcerated, meaning it is more likely that a black person will be arrested than a white person ( DuVernay). This number is extremely high because laws like the crime bill enforced by Bill Clinton made it easier for minorities to be placed in the criminal justice system. The Three Strike Law made petty crimes such as, theft, shoplifting…show more content…
The 13th amendment focuses mainly on blacks becoming enslaved again. The law states "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." –Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This law made slavery legal in a sense because it is easy to criminalize minorities for petty crimes rather than the oppressor. For this reason, different companies and organizations support laws arranged to break the Black community. The Prison System is used to enforce slavery once again, prisoners are being used as workers in companies like JC Penney to manufacture clothes and Walmart, just like slaves were forced to pick cotton. The Thirteenth Amendment was created solely to dismantle minorities. In The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander discusses how a system of Jim Crow laws replaced slavery, and how mass incarceration replaced Jim Crow laws. During the Reconstruction period, Southerners took full advantage of the Thirteenth Amendment enslavement loophole by arresting minorities for minor crimes, such as loitering, gambling and, mostly importantly drugs. Even Though Blacks are more likely to be arrested for drugs, White Americans uses drugs at the same rates as minorities. The difference is minorities receive a harder sentence for such crimes. The the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People reported, “African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites”. The statics displays that minorities are more likely to be arrested. The “Loophole” in the thirteenth Amendment allows racist whites to imprison black citizens on minor charges and put them to
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