Why Are So Many Black Men in Prison?

Why Are So Many Black Men in Prison?

Book - 2007
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African-American males are being imprisoned at an alarming and unprecedented rate. Out of the 10.4 million Black adult males in the U.S. population, nearly 1.5 million are in prisons and jails with another 3.5 million more on probation or parole or who have previously been on probation or parole. Black males make up nearly 75% of the total prison population, and due to either present or past incarceration is the most socially disenfranchised group of American citizens in the country today. This book details the author's personal story of a negligent upbringing in an impoverished community, his subsequent engagement in criminal activity (drug dealing), his incarceration, and his release from prison and experiencing of the crippling social disenfranchisement that comes with being an ex-felon. The author then relates his personal experiences and realizations to the seminal problems within the African-American community, federal government, and criminal justice system that cause his own experiences to be the same experiences of millions of other young Black men.

Publisher: [United States] : Full Surface Pub., c2007
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780979295300
Characteristics: 156 p. ; 23 cm


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Feb 01, 2014

Demico Boothe is sounding the alarm about the devastating immediate and long term effects of imprisonment on the black community. It did not occur to me until after reading this book that many black men have children who they are unable to father and with a felony conviction unable to support adequately. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the criminal justice system. Not enough change has happened in our societies to fully deal with racism and unfair low self-esteem due to skin color alone. Listening to voices such as Demico Boothe is a start. Don’t expect his truth to be sugar-coated or blended to make it more palatable. Less angry is not going to occur. I don’t agree with all of his opinions but I do feel he does bring up some very valid points which I hope will someday be addressed and rectified.


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Feb 01, 2014

From Chapter 3, page 101: To consciously promote destructiveness, self-destructiveness especially, is in my view no different than selling drugs to the young because it stems from the same selfish “I’m willing to destroy and hurt you in order to get rich” mentality that one has when one human being sells poison to another human being. That mentality, though it is exemplified in many ways, is responsible for a lot of young black men being either dead or in jail, and it needs to be eradicated from our culture in all of its forms.


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