Racial Disproportionality In Prison Analysis

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Introduction Giving a glaze of attention towards prison populations today in countries such as Britain and America, it is not hard to see that most prisons got racial disproportionality where most of the prisoners are not ‘white’. A question that criminologists has been pondering on for the last decade where as if the racial disproportionality in prisons has to do with errors in the criminal justice. Another question criminologist has been debating about for the last decade is if ‘blacks’ do commit more crime than whites and if they do, has that got to do with the racial disproportionality in prisons. Some researchers claim that ‘blacks’ have a lower IQ than others which leads to the disproportionality. Other claims that it has to do with…show more content…
Stuart Hall argued in his writing of ‘Policing the Crisis (1978) where he dealt with the stereotypical image of a black youth that was presented by the media with their uneven amount of attention which they paid to certain varieties of crime. The media however tend to radicalise, dramatic and decontextualised crime, such as presenting the riots in the 1980’s as tremendously ‘black riots’ (Campbell, 1993; Gilroy, 1987), not to reject the major involvement of young blacks being the offenders of certain crimes, and not labelling the criminalisation (Keith 1993). Such as the vast array of evidence that the victims of crime are committed by black offenders which are usually living in the same area (Burney, 1990). This should not be seen as ‘black on black crime’ as the media mostly describes it to be but should be seen as neighbour on neighbour, youth on youth and poor on poor. Youth crime is normally seen as something they usually will get bored of and grow out of where they normally stop as they grow up and eventually starts to build a family of their own and settling down. However black are usually not seen to act this way but instead continue as they grow up and are more likely to become more serious as they grow up and as adults be more likely to receive a prison sentence if convicted (Bowling and Phillips, 2002; Mauer,

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