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The War On Crime

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affluent middle and upper classes of American society are insulated from the stressors and sorrows that plague the lives of the poor. She calls for an open dialogue to raise awareness and public understanding that the “War on Drugs,” is really an intricate, one-sided network comprised of many linked and interconnected factors that have been designed to work in favor of law enforcement. (Alexander, M., p. 60-65) She illustrates her point by describing how this “crime war” is fought in “ghettoized” neighborhoods that are almost completely devoid of whites and successful middle- class to upper-class blacks like Michelle. (Alexander, M., p.7-8) She contends that because they have virtually no contact with racial or ethnic minorities, whites…show more content…
Given that the majority of those incarcerated are black males, Alexander contends that this tactic is nothing more than a ploy which harkens back to the time of chattel slavery, when “runaway” property was to be returned to the rightful owner. (Alexander, M., p. 23-29, 137-39; Sentencing Project, 2015) In today’s era of the New Jim Crow, the runaway “property” is still the black or ethnic male, the role of the rightful “owner” is now filled by criminal justice system, and the correctional facilities are the modern day equivalent to the 18th century cotton plantation. (Alexander, M., p. 23-25, 31, Cole, D.,…show more content…
They also promoted long prison terms, strict parole and probation provisions upon release, and the permanent label of “felon,” for all violent and non-violent offenders. A classification that results in the loss of most social rights and benefits including: voting rights, jury service, public assistance e.g., food stamps, Section 8 housing, assistance for higher education, etc. (Alexander, M., p. 142; Western, B., 2006) Alexander contends, that in a fair and equitable justice system, a defendant is informed of the resulting consequences before he/she makes a decision to plead guilty to a felony. This is not a common practice in the “tough on crime” models. (Alexander, M., p.
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