How Kids Just Being Kids Became a Crime | Are poor kids ‘underserved’ by the government, or are they targeted?


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How Kids Just Being Kids Became a Crime

Are poor kids ‘underserved’ by the government, or are they targeted? |

Malcolm Harris is a freelance writer and an editor at The New Inquiry.
Jul 26, 2016

….. There are many explanations for the rise of American mass incarceration—the drug war, more aggressive prosecutors, the ’90s crime boom triggering a prison boom that started growing all on its own, a tough-on-crime rhetorical arms race among politicians, the rationalization of police work—and a lot of them can be true at the same time. Whatever the reasons, the U.S. incarceration rate has quintupled since the ’70s. It’s affecting young black men most of all and more disproportionately than ever. The white rate of imprisonment has risen in relative terms but not as fast as the black rate, which has spiked. The ratio between black and white incarcerations increased more between 1975 and 2000…

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