U.S. Prison System and Its Populations: Whites vs. Minorities

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Course Project Outline
Scenario #4

U.S. Prison System and its Populations:
Whites vs. Minorities

Kent Johnson
SOCS350
Professor: Dr. J. Johnson
June 7, 2010
Table of Contents

General Statistics 3
Men vs. Women 4
Statistics: The Who and the Why 6
Black Judges vs. White Judges and Their Decisions 8
What is being done to reverse this Trend 10
References 11

Statistics
In the prison system today, there has been an explosion of minorities being incarcerated for offenses that may not have gotten jail time if they had not been of a certain race. Although the overall numbers of incarcerations may have dropped just slightly for the first time in over 35 years, the amount of inmates remains
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Many states have now revisited their policies on sentencing and release. That in turn has brought about some sweeping changes in how prisons content with parole and good behavior releases. Many states like Texas have gone as far as even increasing the grant rates for parole while shortening the terms of many of those that are given probation. These types of moves are one contributing factor in Texas being one state that has been able to reduce its overall prison populations for the past three years. Here is a map of states and the percentage increase/decrease of their perspective prison populations.

Percentage Change in State Prison Populations , 2008 - 2009 |
State | | | % CHG. | | |
| | | | | |
Alabama | | | 3.5 | | |
Alaska | | | 3.8 | | |
Arizona | | | 2.4 | | |
Arkansas | | | 3.1 | | |
California | | -2.5 | | |
Colorado | | | -2.1 | | |
Connecticut | | -4.6 | | |
Delaware | | | -4.2 | | |
Florida | | | 1.5 | | |
Georgia | | | 1.6 | | |
Hawaii | | | -1.1 | | |
Idaho | | | 1.5 | | |
Illinois | | | -0.7 | | |
Indiana | | | 5.3 | | |
Iowa | | | -3.2 | | |
Kansas | | | 1.2 | | |
Kentucky | | | -1.3 | | |
Louisiana | | | 3.6 | | |
Maine | | | 1.4 | | |
Maryland | | | -5.6 | | |
Massachusetts | | -2.2 | | |…