Blacks, Prisons and the United States

M G Singh By M G Singh, 21st Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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America has the largest number of prisoners in the world and the majority are black or Hispanics

Prisons in USA

Going to prison is not a happy thing in any country. It means being marked as a felon and entering the books of record as a criminal. In the United States prison life despite all the reforms is still pretty hard. Deprivation of liberty is a serious matter, but in the USA facts have emerged that prisons are filled with more black hispanic than white. Perhps America has as yet not exorcised the ghosts of the Ka Klux Klan and similar organizations that believed in racial superiority.

If figures have any meaning, its worthwhile to know that the US prisons are host to 2.3 million men and women. This is a vast number and one must record that America has more prisoners than any other country in the world. China with a populationof 135 billion has half a million less men behind bars than the USA. These figures are startling and give much food for thought.

Further figures reveal that the USA has 751 men and women behind bars per 100,000 populations. No other country has such a high ratio of prisoners to total population. A further dissection brings eveen more awesome figures. Out of the total number of prisoners 40% are black and another 30% of Hispanic origin. These figures show a different facet of American justice. The fact is that the blacks and Hispanics constitute just about 12.5% of the population of the USA. It is an eye opener that a population of 12.5% can constitute 60% of all prisoners in America.

Obviously something is amiss, that a such a large no of coloreds should land up in prison. One can get an idea of this lop sided weightage of black prisoners from the prison population of Maryland. Here out of 39,000 prisoners the blacks constitute 75% of this prison population.
One thing that emerges is that the black man has lesser opportunities compared to a white man and thus liable to take up crime more easily. Crime is related to economic conditions and obviously the black man has more chances to become a criminal. One other factor is the stiff prison sentences passed on blacks by all white juries. The black man is judged by different standards. There are cases of different prison terms for a black vis a vis a white man for the same offence.

The large prison population in great measure is due to Bill Clintons famous 3 strike laws. This law has resulted in cases like a young black being put behind bars for life for stealing a car and 2 bycycles. Some states also bar felons from voting. In effect it means one in 7 blacks having lost the right to vote.


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author avatar D in The Darling
21st Mar 2012 (#)

And they call the USA the land of the free? Well! Well! Well! Freedom must have a different meaning then.

Madan, thanks for sharing and God bless!

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author avatar M G Singh
21st Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you d in darling for your support

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author avatar Buzz
21st Mar 2012 (#)

Amen to D.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Mar 2012 (#)

Great article Madan. You performed a real service pointing out the disparity between blacks and latinos, in comparison to whites, in our prisons. I echo D the Darling's comment.

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author avatar M G Singh
22nd Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Steve

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author avatar Retired
23rd Mar 2012 (#)

Its shame the rich country with rich foundation is lacking main thing....! Godly values!
Prayer for America!
I plead the Blood of Jesus on our President and our Government and Military leaders and for them to make wise and Godly decisions. I pray that our society may become one in goodness and truth and acknowledge you and walk in your ways. Lord, I cover myself and everyone in my country with the blood of Jesus Christ. I cover my country with the Blood of Jesus Christ and may the economy of our country be restored. Help us to repent for our sins with Godly sorrow and may all the people of this country turn back to our saviour Lord Jesus Christ so that our sins are forgiven. Comfort and Bless all the people who have no jobs and who are undergoing trials . I now Plead the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ as a Bloodline around my entire country and protect our people from all sickness, diseases, any natural accidents, disasters, calamities, terrors, wicked ways, every power of darkness, the spirits of rebellion, from all moral corruptions and from all unrighteousness, from all kind of evils and immorality. Lord Jesus please keep peace, Joy, harmony ,happiness and Godliness in my country and May the people who are dwelling in this land may be safe by following your commandments, by Seeking first the Kingdom of God & His righteousness.

I believe that the Lord will cover my country and its people with his feathers and that under his wings my country will find refuge in the name of Jesus and I believe that the Precious Blood of Jesus will always protect my country and all its people I believe Lord will do greater things in my country according to his will through his blessings.Amen

When you remove God you invite everything that is wicked to come in and destroy.I too believed that our nation is under a great fall due taking prayer out of schools and attempting to take God out of everything we do.True, with the lack of God in public places, chaos has filled in that gap.

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author avatar M G Singh
24th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Shaila for an excellent exposition of your views

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