Blacks/ Hispanics And Us Prisons

 The US prison system and the judicial processes seem to heavily weighted against blacks and Hispanics. As a start it is worth knowing that  the the Hispanics and Blacks are about 12.5% of the US population. But the ratio of Blacks and Hispanics in US prisons is many times higher  than their share of the percentage of population.

Statistics show that out of 2.3 million prisoners  40% are black, 35% white, and 20% are Hispanic. These figures relate to both Federal and State prisons. Thus the Blacks and Hispanic make up nearly 60% of the prison population of the USA.  this

is way above the national average.

Another fact that has emerged is that in 2005, 8.1% of all black males betweeen the ages of 25-28 were cooling their heels in prisons.  This compares to 2.1 for hispanic and only 1.1 for whites. These figures have their own connotation and one can conclude that the black or


hispanic is more likely to get a comparative stiff prison sentence than a white.

. Louisiana  is a small state in the US, yet it has a dubious record. Out of its 39,000  prisoners langushing in prisons  over 70% are  African-American. This is the pcture everywhere. How is  it that the black man is more prone to crime ? Perhaps the USA has as yet not exorcised the tag of racial discrimination despite Obama  being the President of the USA. He is a black Afro American.

These vast number of black prisoners is a telling reminder of the state of affairs in the USA. In fact many states bar felons from voting. This means that one in 7 blacks has been deprived of the right to vote in the USA. Comparing to India, the USA  has miles to go to usher in racial freedom and equality.



Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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