ERIC Number: EJ788655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-7
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Black Men: Left Out and Locked Up
Nealy, Michelle J.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n26 p20-22 Feb 2008
There are estimated 1.5 million Black men in prison and another 3.5 million on probation. Black males make up more than 70 percent of the total prison population, even though they make up only 6 percent of the U.S. Population. The alarming incarceration rates of Black men is not a new phenomenon, but one that has reverberated in news headlines and scholarly reports for a decade. Impoverished living conditions coupled with the failures of public education in urban school districts, unemployment and a criminal justice system primed to incarcerate Black men have created a crippling symbiosis for thousands of Black men who find themselves locked up in America's jails and prisons. This article examines the common thread among Black male prisoners and the impact of incarceration of Black men on communities.
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Urban Schools, Educational Quality, Disadvantaged Schools, Correctional Institutions, Justice, Males, Public Education, African Americans, Institutionalized Persons, Racial Bias, Poverty
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