There Are More Blacks Under Correctional Control Today Than In 1850 Slaveholding America … More Are In Jail Than In Apartheid South Africa … And More Are Disenfranchised Than The Year The Constitutional Amendment Giving Blacks the Right To Vote Was Ratified

Blacks Possess Drugs Less Frequently Than Whites, But Are Put In Prison Much More Frequently – And For Much Longer – Than Whites

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world … higher than Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea or Iran.

While the United States represents about 5 percent of the world’s population, it houses around 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.

But all people aren’t treated equally .. African-Americans are treated especially poorly.

Michelle Alexander – a law school professor who directed Stanford Law School’s Civil Rights Clinic and served as law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun at the U. S. Supreme Court – notes:

  • The United States incarcerates a higher percentage of black men than South Africa did at the height of apartheid
  • Primarily because of these significant incarceration rates, the level of black youth poverty is higher today than it was in 1968
  • An African-American male is sentenced an average of a 20 to 50 times longer prison term then a white male convicted of the same drug crime.
  • Over 2.3 million men in America are in prison — about half for drug crimes. Seventy percent of all men imprisoned are black or Hispanic. Thirty years ago, before the “War on Drugs” was implemented, there were only 300,000 people in the American prison system.
  • There are 2.7 million children whose fathers or mothers are in prison, on probation, or on parole.
  • There are 7 million Americans either in prison, on probation, or on parole — mostly for selling or using drugs. In many inner cities, eighty percent of young men have prison records. These convictions will remain on their records permanently, limiting their voting rights and their ability to find employment. Currently, in all but two states, citizens with felony convictions are permanently or temporarily prohibited from voting. The United States is the only country that permits permanent disenfranchisement of felons even after completion of their sentences.


– Since 1971, there have been more than 40 million arrests for drug-related offenses.

– Even though blacks and whites have similar levels of drug use, blacks are ten times as likely to be incarcerated for drug crimes.

– “There are more blacks under correctional control today — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.”

– “As of 2004, more African American men were disenfranchised (due to felon disenfranchisement laws) than in 1870, the year the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified prohibiting laws that explicitly deny the right to vote on the basis of race.”

– In 2005, 4 out of 5 drug arrests were for possession not trafficking, and 80% of the increase in drug arrests in the 1990s was for marijuana.

– There are 50,000 arrests for low-level pot possession a year in New York City, representing one out of every seven cases that turn up in criminal courts.  Most of these arrested are black and hispanic men.

A report released last year by the National Research Council – an arm of the National Academy of Sciences –  found:

The U.S. prison population is largely drawn from the most disadvantaged part of the nation’s population: mostly men under age 40, disproportionately minority, and poorly educated.


Prisons are part of a poverty trap, with many paths leading in, but few leading out.

Today, a new study published by Robynn J.A. Cox – assistant professor of economics at Spelman College – finds:

The United States has a dual criminal justice system that has helped to maintain the economic and social hierarchy in America, based on the subjugation of blacks, within the United States. Public policy, criminal justice actors, society and the media, and criminal behavior have all played roles in creating what sociologist Loic Wacquant calls the hyperincarceration of black men.


Although the right for blacks to vote has been enforced since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, mass incarceration policies have effectively taken this entitlement away from numerous African Americans.

Chart’s from Cox’s study tell the tale:

Postscript: The prison-industrial complex is part of the problem. Indeed, private prison corporations obtain quotas from the government, where the government guarantees a certain number of prisoners at any given time.

And some really big corporations use prisoners to provide cheap labor. Indeed, some call it a new form of slavery. (As if we didn’t have enough of the traditional kind).

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  • A very timely article, and it is way past time to continue support of the illegal police state Corporate puppets known as the Revenuers in the early twentieth century.

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    JUST SAY NO…to the War on Drugs

    Every day, more Americans agree the War on Drugs has failed and must change. The Smarter Sentencing Act will save billions of dollars and ease dangerous overcrowding in prisons by reducing sentences for non-violent drug offenders. It will also help strengthen communities and reduce racial injustice. Ask your members of Congress to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act. It’s a vital first step.

  • Police Have No Duty To Protect Individuals

    Self-Reliance For Self-Defense — Police Protection Isn’t Enough! All our lives, especially during our younger years, we hear that the police are there to protect us. From the very first kindergarten- class visit of “Officer Friendly” to the very last time we saw a police car – most of which have “To Protect and Serve” emblazoned on their doors – we’re encouraged to give ourselves over to police protection. But it hasn’t always been that way.


    In the United States, you can get a pizza delivered faster than you can get the police to come to your home! To serve but not protect!

    Highest to Lowest – Prison Population Total Globally

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    Ranking Title Prison Population Total

    # 1 United States of America 2 228 4242

    # 2 China 1 701 3443

    # 3 Russian Federation 672 1004

    # 4 Brazil 581 507

  • Party Like 1999 BC

    One of the proudest achievements of the Clinton Gore admin was doubling the number of blacks incarcerated in the US… And supporting Hollywood to promote the criminal lifestyle. This was helped by media consolidation under Clinton Gore providing a unifed voice and unified protrayal…
    Contrast illegal behaviour by brown illegals and how it’s treated by the corrupt elites and illegal behaviour by black americans

  • ClubToTheHead

    The USA knows itself as the beacon of freedom to the world, but doesn’t know that slavery is still legal there as punishment for laws written by surreptitious supporters of the KKK, and fans of the fanatical Nazis. The majority of these corrupt pro-slavery, pro-prison-for-the-poor lawmakers hold office backed by the beneficence the ruling Lords of Finance.

    A careful reading of the Thirteenth Amendment reveals that slavery was never abolished but relegated to the states to use as they see fit.

    Slavery in prison is the inevitable result of an amendment written by a patriarchy that wanted slavery to continue, and yet wanted to appear as uncorrupted to an unthinking and delusional population who want desperately to believe in themselves as a force for good.

    Mission accomplished.

  • JogooKimakia

    The worth of a black man is three quarter human and getting even lower. They can change the books but the intent is still the same.

  • Bob Johnson3

    Then move to Russia, they will love beating your asses and sending you to prison. LMAO!