Wednesday, July 21, 2004


Criminal Justice, part 2

Mind you I also find the US's prison stats stunning: more than 2 million incarcerated, the largest in the world. Also:

Among black men born between 1965 and 1969, 30.2 percent of those who didn’t attend college had gone to prison by 1999. A startling 58.9 percent of black high school dropouts born from 1965 through 1969 had served time in state or federal prison by their early 30s.

“Imprisonment now rivals or overshadows the frequency of military service and college graduation for recent cohorts of African American men. For black men in their mid-thirties at the end of the 1990s, prison records were nearly twice as common as bachelor’s degrees.”

And the sterling efforts to prevent prisoners from accessing US courts to guarentee their rights to live in humane conditions appear to have been fruitful, to tell from this interesting - and angering - article from the Monthly Review.

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