There are 2.3 million people behind bars (Drucker, E., 2011) in America’s jails and/or prisons.
2.3 million is an atrocious statistic and in my opinion damnable to America’s notion of justice. This statistic is of such a grotesque nature that I was immediately arrested-pun intended! Residing in the city of Houston, the 4th largest city in the nation, Houston “proper” (the city limits) boasts of some 2 million plus people. The number of people incarcerated in American jails or prisons is like everyone in the city of Houston being jailed or imprisoned. As a Black male, what really shocked me was that Black males were disproportionately represented. In some states, black men have been admitted to prison at rates twenty to fifty times greater than those of White men (Fellner, Jamie, 2000).
As such, my research area will be on that of Correctional Education and its affect on mass incarceration. In the last month, I have read several articles or documents. One of the articles is a book review entitled, “Mass Incarceration, Policy-making, and the Ex-Prisoner: A Review Essay” by Ben Wilcox. I also purchased the book, “The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”, by Michelle Alexander. These two sources among others have led me to believe that there is a silent movement building for the advocacy for sentencing reform and reduction of mass incarceration.
This post and future posts in this category of the blog are my small efforts in assisting in creating a sense of urgency for a type of massive awareness, particularly in the Black community and a push for public involvement to reduce mass incarceration and recidivism. – Period, Case-Closed!