Black Men In Prison Research Paper

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Research Paper Final: “A Washington, DC-based think-tank that advocates for alternatives to prison, has found that after two decades of harsh criminal justice policies, there are more black men in jail or prison than in college. At the end of 2000, 791,600 black men were behind bars and 603,032 were enrolled in colleges or universities” ("Black men in jail"). This has become an ongoing problem in America. Black males tend to have a lack of education; when people think of blacks, they usually have negative thoughts about them, which includes performance rates in the classroom, crime rates, the lack of family involvement, and the negative media. “Today's "black" problem is underdevelopment, not discrimination. Success in modernity will demand profound cultural…show more content…
The problem has a long history. For centuries now, black males have been seen in a negative light in school, college, in the media, and in their families. Urban Prep Academy of Chicago, which is an all male inner-city school in Chicago, who for the past two years has sent 100% of its graduating seniors off to four-year colleges and universities, should serve as a model school for blacks in the inner-city (Unknown). If there are more African American males in jail than there are in college, then this is a huge issue. In America, blacks have fought to have equal rights, and equal access to a better future, so it is time for blacks to start acting like it. With the help of development programs, historically black universities, more black male teachers, charter schools in the inner-city, and achievement-gap committees, staggering statistics like, “approximately one in four African American males between the ages of 20 and 29 are incarcerated, on probation, or on parole . . . only one in five is enrolled in a two- or four-year college program” (Palmer) can
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