Our African American Community and High Incarceration Rates

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Our African American Community and High Incarceration Rates
Since the early 1970s the prison and jail population in the United States has increased at an unprecedented rate (
Mauer
, 2007). The American prison and jail system is defined by an entrenched racial disparity in the population of incarcerated people (
Mauer
, 2007). African American men have much higher rates of incarceration than any other racial/ethnic group, especially when compared to the rates for white Americans (African American Males and the Sentencing Problem,
n.d
.). One in nine, or 11.7% of African American males between the ages of 25 and 29 is currently incarcerated in a prison or jail (
Mauer
, 2007). The reasons for these disparities in incarceration rates include...
The end:
.....er
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n.d
.). African American Males and the Incarceration Problem: Not Just Confined to Prison.
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