ERIC Number: ED338731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Imprisoned Generation: Young Men under Criminal Custody in New York State.
Correctional Association of New York, New York.; New York State Coalition for Criminal Justice.
New York State's prisons today are a brooding omnipresence hanging over poor African American and Latino communities in the large urban centers of the state. On any given day, nearly 1 in 4 (over 23%) of young African American men is under control of the criminal justice system, which is 2 times more than all full-time Black male college enrollees in New York State. Eleven percent of Black males between the ages of 20 and 29 years are jailed. The situation is almost as dramatic for Hispanic Americans, with 12% of young Latino men under some form of criminal justice custody, and about 6 percent of 20- to 29-year-old Latino males in jail. By contrast, less than three percent of young White men are under the criminal justice system. Two primary reasons for the larger percentages of African Americans and Latinos under the criminal justice system are the deployment of law enforcement resources, and the significant social and economic problems undermining many poor minority communities. For the most part, government has not addressed these conditions. Instead, resources have been concentrated on building more prisons and filling them. Of the more than 54,000 prisoners in the state system, 82% are African American or Latino. Prison is the last step on the continuum of injustice for minority youth that literally starts before birth. Fifteen figures illustrate the discussion, using data derived from various state agencies. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Correctional Association of New York, New York.; New York State Coalition for Criminal Justice.
Identifiers: African Americans; Criminal Justice System; Latinos; New York