Abstract: (8 pp). What we will be looking at in this discussion are basically two issues, that have somehow become enmeshed: According to Davis (1998), more than 70 percent, of the imprisoned population, are people of color. It is rarely acknowledged, that the fastest growing group of prisoners are black women, and that Native American prisoners are the largest group per capita. Approximately five million people - including those on probation and parole -- are directly under the surveillance of the criminal justice system. And according to Ditton (1999) sixteen percent of those incarcerated in state systems are mentally ill. One of the questions that then arises from this data is, are the white mentally ill sentenced to incarceration at a different ratio than people of color? Bibliography lists 8 sources.
Subcatagory: Black Social Issues, Politics & Philosophy