Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Extent of Racsim In Jails

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I came across this article which shows the extent of the disparity in the prison populations. We have talked about some of the reasons for this in class. Yet the disparity that is shown by this article is huge. In California, there is a 7% black population, but a 32% black prison population. In Florida, the population in 14% black while the Florida prison population is 54%. I really did not realize that the disparity was so large. This really seems like a huge problem which must be addressed. I knew that this was a problem, but I was just not aware of the extent. Something must be done to fix the justice system. Perhaps better public defenders or something else can be done.


Written by briangaw

October 31, 2009 at 7:24 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I think the reason we see a large population of Blacks prisoners in the South is due to the concentration of poor minorities who often are misrepresented due to lack of proper funding for their legal defense. If you could afford to hire a good attorney, then you will be properly represented and less likely to go to prison.


    November 1, 2009 at 2:09 am

  2. Do a certain degree, its true that many of the minorities in jail could have benefited from a better lawyer, I believe in many cases their being in jail is not related to their legel defense but to systemic conditions which result in harsh sentances from judges and living conditions that promote crime.


    November 1, 2009 at 2:36 am

  3. I agree with the latter. Although wealth and money has a significant influence over your ability to afford a good lawyer once you have been convicted of a crime or otherwise, one must look at what contributes to committing the act – living conditions, societal influences, etc. I believe this disparity is more attributed to the number of blacks or minorities that are being caught and convicted of crimes, rather than legal defense.


    November 2, 2009 at 1:04 am

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