Wednesday, September 1, 2010
In Case it Wasn't Clear that the Prison Population Has Exploded
In case the graphic isn't clear, that's bouncing around between between 0.15% 0.2% from 1925 to and 1973, then 0.2% of the male population to 0.9% by 2000. And with the prison population being 44% black, what do you think the effect on the black community has been? How many fatherless families has this created? How does a community survive with almost 10% of its young men in prison? How does it survive when those men, after they get out, will face legal discrimination and disenfranchisement for the rest of their lives?