Disparity Between the Jail Rates of African Americans and Caucasian Americans – Discussion

While the numbers vary depending on the source, most agree here in the United States, about 1 in 30 males, age 20-34, are in jail. Estimates for black males in that age range, say the number is 1 in 9. For white women aged 35-39, estimates say there is 1 out of every 355 in jail. The estimates for black women in the same age range say the number is 1 in 100.

In a 2-page essay, take a position on the reasons there such a disparity between the jail rates of African Americans and Caucasian Americans. Discuss and support the reasons for taking your position. In addition to taking a position, the student should provide some ideas for addressing this issue.

Students must include a minimum of two references. While referenced worked is allowed, the essay should show original thought about or evaluation of the subject of the essay, composed in your own words. Agreement, disagreement, examples, etc. are appropriate – as long as evidence of some thoughtful and pertinent independent thought, reaction, or response to the term or question is included.  

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