Diversity in the prison system

As a criminal justice major it is important to understand the diversity. Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary in 1829 is where we seen the first inmate incarcerated, he was a black man. It didn’t take long for the number of black inmates to surpass the whites. Even though blacks only make up 13.2% of the American population they make up 63% of prison inmates according to American Statics.  In 1990 just over 10 percent of Hispanic men were either in prison or on parole or probation. Just over 3.7 percent of Hispanic men between ages of twenty and twenty-nine were in prison.

Most of the cases for the black inmates arrest were for drug possession over half of those sentenced for drug offenses were black. According to Dan Rose (2013) Blacks were much more likely to be sent to prison than placed on probation.As a result, black men were locked up at a rate of nine times that of whites. Even though race played a major part in the prison system it wasn’t the only things. Blacks were much more likely to be sent to prison than placed on probation. As a result, black men were locked up at a rate of nine times that of whites.

As a criminal justice major it isn’t hard to believe the racial diversity in the prison system. As humans we came up with the term “race” it was the make people feel empowered, and it worked. We still use race to put people into certain groups. Race has become a social constructed problem. Something has to change, the way we think is a major part of this. We have to change our thought process. As law enforcement officers we have to understand why people do things they do and not just look at the color of their skins, understanding people and their situations could really help lower the percent of minority inmates in prisons. And for those people who aren’t in law enforcement we need to not be so judgmental of certain people. People do things for all kinds of reason we need to really be able to understand and comprehend what’s  really going on.

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