This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Minority Incarceration Essay

3084 words - 13 pages

Is the higher rate to minority incarceration due to poverty or is it because the justice system failed them? Many groups of people have argued over this topic for years. The NAACP has made their views on the subject very clear. They are completely against racial profiling and they blame the justice system for the higher number of minority inmates. I believe that it’s because of the drug-war and poverty and not as much the justice system racial profiling. There is no way to answer this question without looking farther into what racial profiling is, and what affects it has on people.
From my understanding, when most people hear the words racial profiling they automatically think of ...view middle of the document...

The NRA believes profiling can help bring America back to its past glory. Greg Quinn is the editor of gunblast , which is a website dedicated to firearms, America, Americans, and our rights, makes a few interesting points with his views on racial profiling. I quote, “President Obama, Congress, the FBI, CIA, and other agencies that are supposed to protec1t our freedoms as Americans are letting the bad guys come into the house. We know who they are, 99.5% are Muslims, and 90% have Muslim names. The vast majority are from Middle Eastern or African origin. Their intent is well-documented. So, we have a group that we know wants to destroy us and some in our country are so concerned over their individual rights that they jeopardize the welfare of our entire nation. Folks, it’s time to wake up. We need racial profiling, or whatever you choose to call it, in order to protect America. We need to scrutinize all Muslims, Middle Eastern namesakes, etc. (those that meet the profile of the majority of terrorists) to provide better security for our country. Not all Muslims are terrorists; there are many most likely who are good people. But, it is proven that all terrorists are Muslim. Therefore, we must act accordingly.” (Quinn, 2010)
You and I may not agree with everything he says, but he does bring up a few good points. Is it worth not offending a few people to save the lives of others? Just think for a second, if profiling was in place on 9/11 how many people could have been saved? If just one group of the hijackers would have been stopped would the World Trade Centers have collapsed? Most people that died in the attacks died when the buildings fell. So on that dread full day in September all of the grief that profiling causes would have been justified.
On the other hand is profiling really as affective as people may think? Professor Angela J. Davis writes, “When I have been stopped and searched in airports over the years, what has hurt most is the offensive notion that law enforcement agents presume that I’m a drug dealer just because I’m African American. The personal inconvenience and embarrassment are upsetting, but secondary. I can only imagine what it must feel like to have others believe that I am implicated through guilt-by-racial-association with the unthinkably horrible acts of September 11th solely because of my appearance, my religion, or place of birth.” (Davis, 2012) Just as she was profiled because of her color Arab Americans are being profiled for their race and background. Many Arab Americans are American as you and I. They have full times jobs and great families that share our hurt and pain over the 9/11 attacks. A rarely discussed fact is that about 60 American Muslims died in the attacks and afterwards the families not only had to deal with loss of their loved ones but also the hatred of a hurting nation. (Hampson, 2010) Tatal Hamdani is the mother of Salman Hamdani who is a true hero in my eyes. Salman was a part time...

Other Papers Like Minority Incarceration

Mass Incarceration Essay

3555 words - 15 pages  Disparities in Incarceration: The Toll of Minimum Mandatory Sentences GOVT 2305-2005 Abstract Since 1979, the United States has witnessed a sobering increase in its prisoner population. Likewise, records of the nation’s incarcerations indicate severe social and racial disparities. Incarceration resulting from minimum mandatory sentencing and parole/probation restrictions are the chief factors in such

An in-Depth Examination of Racial Disparity from Arrest to Incarceration

1703 words - 7 pages ). Ideology, Diversity, And Imprisonment: Considering The Influence Of Local Politics On Racial And Ethnic Minority Incarceration Rates*. Social Science Quarterly, 1063-1082. (2010, December 1). Retrieved September 6, 2014, from EBSCO Host. Sampson, R., & Lauritsen, J. (1997). Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Crime And Criminal Justice In The United States. Crime and Justice, 311-311. (1997, January 1). Retrieved September 6, 2014, from DASH.

Crime and Society

2294 words - 10 pages information about incarceration rates among the white and black populations. One researcher said that there is racial disparity and discrimination in the criminal justice system, whereas another one stated the crime rates are abut the same. Researcher Alexander provides ample evidence that there is racial discrimination in the criminal justices system. "One in three African American men is currently under the control of the criminal justice system - in

Race and Inprisonment in the United States

1687 words - 7 pages Course Project LeAnne Aragon SOC350 Gail Rognan April 14, 2012 Introduction Sharp differences in drug arrest rates in different U.S. cities show that much of the racial disparity is the result of decisions by local law enforcement officials to concentrate enforcement in minority inner-city neighborhoods rather than, for instance, in majority white suburbs (Disproportionate Incarceration. 2009). The proof of this

Article Review

476 words - 2 pages ‘History of Minority Populations in the Child Welfare System’ Candice Nealy BSHS/302 Joseph Spalding February 7, 2011 ‘History of Minority Populations in the Child Welfare System’ Honore’-Collins, C.P. (2005). The impact of African American incarceration on African American children in the child welfare system. Race, Gender & Class; 2005, Vol. 12 Issue 3/4, p107-118, 12p. Retrieved from EBSCOhost database. The author and

Inmates in Today's Prisons

858 words - 4 pages Minority Inmates in Today’s Prisons Sherry Atkinson Eng. 122 Instructor: Susan Turner-Conlon November 25, 2013 (1) Our American prisons have an enormous amount of African American inmates. With crime not being racist you have to wonder, is this due to higher rate of minority crimes or the manner in which our judicial system works as far the sentencing of, black men and women. Even though sentencing guidelines were established over a

Cja/454 War on Drugs and Prison C

1252 words - 6 pages from minority to the middle class and even the one percent we must realize that incarceration has become big business and to me that and the various laws that presidents has passed from Reagan, Bush and Clinton has crumpled and devastated the criminal justice system as a whole. No real people can ignore the facts that these laws has to influence our society to believe and think that drugs are the cause of ever bad thing that has happened to the

Cjs Final Paper

2072 words - 9 pages , including: population shifts (such as changes in the youth population); economic and social indicators (such as the number of children in single-parent families); deterrence resulting from incarceration levels in state prisons and city jails; improvements in social and educational systems; and the end of the crack-cocaine epidemic in the early 1990s. His overall conclusion is that changes in the population structures and institutions of the city

Povety in America

4357 words - 18 pages that will possible increase a family’s income is if they earn a degree beyond a high school diploma. Education is said to be a passport to a better life. Black males that earn a higher education degree will possible receive a 40 percent difference in pay. This is compared to non-minority groups that experienced a 50 percent difference in income (U.S Census). Not having an education, may severely restrict individuals from the gaining skills

What Should Be Done About the Racial Disparities in the Sentencing of Criminals?

1394 words - 6 pages who harm whites; Black and Latino defendants tend to be sentenced more severely than comparably situated white defendants for less serious crimes, especially drug and property crimes. ( III. CS: The current situation of racial disparities in the sentencing of criminals indicates a problem that still exists. A. In 2009 the incarceration for African American males in state and federal

Racial Disparity In Sentencing

1914 words - 8 pages Racial Disparity in Sentencing Racial disparity in sentencing in the criminal justice system is a problematic issue. Individuals often believe that racial disparity in sentencing does not exist; however, substantial proof in the criminal justice system proves otherwise. According to statistics of Marc Mauer, “unprecedented rise in the populations of prisons over the past three decades is a six fold increase, resulting in the incarceration of

Related Essays

Racism In The Criminal Justice System

4004 words - 17 pages Martensen (2012) noted that this type of mentality leads to a normalization of imprisonment of minority groups which in turn makes incarceration a “regular, predictable part of [the] experience, rather than a rare and infrequent event” (p. 212). Statistical data shows that the educational level of an individual is correlated to the rate of incarceration. However, even sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education made racial segregation in

What Is Public Policy Essay

1700 words - 7 pages employment, housing, access to education and many other things. These inmates will most likely end up back in prison because it is nearly impossible to survive legally with a felony. The actual people in these different minority cultures are affected by the high rates of incarceration. With so many minority men put in jail, this leads to the lack in potential spouses for many minority women, resulting in most single mother households living in poverty

Unfair Incarceration: Minorities’ Plight In The U.S. Judicial System

2610 words - 11 pages Unfair Incarceration: Minorities’ Plight in the U.S. Judicial System DeVry University Cultural Diversity in the Professions SOCS 350N Spring 2013 Abstract The United States is well known as the Land of Opportunity, but if you’re a minority that opportunity maybe a greater chance of being incarcerated in the state and federal penal systems. Civil rights battles have raged for the greater part of the last century in this country

Racial Inequality After Racism Essay

654 words - 3 pages propaganda towards minority groups. Upholding the theory of institutional racism the author's specifically analyze the justice system, the educational system, and other private sectors of free-enterprise. According to the authors, high levels of minority incarceration are supportive to the theory that policy tactics and sentencing rules have been enacted to specifically target African Americans and other minority groups. Institutional racism is