Why Are So Many Black Men in Prison?

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Full Surface Publishing, 2007 - Social Science - 156 pages
African-American males are being imprisoned at an alarming and unprecedented rate. Out of the more than 11 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 the majority 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, which was penned by Boothe while he was still incarcerated, 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. This book focuses on the totality of how and why the U.S. prison system became the largest prison system in the world, and is filled with relevant statistical and historical references and controversial facts and quotes from notable persons and sources.
 

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Outstanding. The author provides the reader with fact based information, not to mention actual reality. African Americans are the only ones that can change their behaviors. Welfare programs whether stated as "welfare" or favored hiring practices with no or minimum job qualifications do not address continual poverty and the continued propagation of one generation after another. The only thing that is certain is no change. Education is paramount for change. Regardless of race, if you do not have more than a eighth grade education, nothing will change.  

Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
CHAPTER 2
59
CHAPTER 3
95
CHAPTER 4
126
QUOTES AND REFERENCES
145
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About the author (2007)

 Demico Boothe is considered by many to be an expert on many issues dealing with African-Americans, particularly the U.S. Criminal Justice System as it relates to black men. Boothe is the first person to ever publish a book specifically about how the "Prison Industrial Complex" affects the African-American community. Since the release of his first title in 2007, Demico has been crisscrossing the country networking and speaking and raising national awareness about the crisis of African-American male criminality and imprisonment. Demico has found that he is uniquely equipped to address certain dynamics within the mindsets of many African-American male youth as well as the American criminal justice system that are responsible for the creation and continuance of this crisis. He currently resides in his hometown of Memphis, TN where he works with the local community on a daily basis to address issues involving young black men. Demico Boothe is also an excellent speaker who has spoken by request at a wide variety of venues including churches, colleges, prisons, jails & halfway houses, and many private venues.

His latest work is entitled, The U.S Child Support System and The Black Family: How The System Destroys Black Families, Criminalizes Black Men, & Sets Black Children Up for Failure