Why are So Many Black Men in Prison?

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Full Surface Publishing, 2007 - Social Science - 156 pages
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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why the U.S. prison system became the largest prison system in the world, and is filled with relevant statistical and historical references and controversial facts and quotes from notable persons and sources.

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This book is a must read for all.....especially those wishing to understand the issue of criminality in our society and the state of black men. Very thorough and informative. Read full review

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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.  



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Demico Boothe is considered by many to be an expert on the criminal justice system as it relates to African-Americans. He served 12 consecutive years inside of federal prison and was released in November of 2003. During his incarceration he read over 500 books and dedicated his time to self improvement, study, writing, and mentoring young minorities at local halfway houses and drug rehabilitation centers in Memphis, Tennessee.

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