There are more African American men in prison than were enslaved. Human Rights Violators Blog is about protecting the Human and Civil Rights of African American men, women and children in particular.
Prison Population Exceeds Two Million
According to a Justice Department report released in July 2003, the U.S. prison population surpassed 2 million for the first time—2,166,260 people were incarcerated in prisons or jails at the end of 2002 (the latest statistics available). Since 1990, the U.S. prison population, already the world’s largest, has almost doubled.
About two-thirds of prisoners were in state and federal prisons, while the rest were in local jails. The report does not count all juvenile offenders, but noted that there were more than 10,000 inmates under age 18 held in adult prisons and jails in 2002. The number of women in federal and state prisons reached 97,491.
About 10.4% of the entire African-American male population in the United States aged 25 to 29 was incarcerated, by far the largest racial or ethnic group—by comparison, 2.4% of Hispanic men and 1.2% of white men in that same age group were incarcerated. According to a report by the Justice Policy Institute in 2002, the number of black men in prison has grown to five times the rate it was twenty years ago. Today, more African-American men are in jail than in college. In 2000 there were 791,600 black men in prison and 603,032 enrolled in college. In 1980, there were 143,000 black men in prison and 463,700 enrolled in college.
Senate approves resolution apologizing for slavery
June 18, 2009
The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for
he wrongs of slavery.
Several states have passed similar resolutions, but the House resolution was the first time a branch of the federal government did so.
Harkin’s resolution “acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery, and Jim Crow laws,” and “apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow laws.”
Jim Crow laws were state and local laws enacted mostly in U.S. Southern and border states between the 1870s and 1965 that denied African-Americans the right to vote and other civil liberties, as well as legally segregated them from whites.
Some members of the African-American community have called on lawmakers to give cash payments or other financial benefits to descendants of slaves as compensation for the suffering caused by slavery.
The nonbinding resolution sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is similar to a House resolution adopted last year that acknowledged the wrongs of slavery but offered no reparations. The House will have to vote on the issue again because the composition of that chamber changed after last November’s elections.
The resolution was approved on a voice vote.
Because it is nonbinding, it does not have to be forwarded to the president for his signature.
The Voice and ViewPoint reported recently that there are more African-American men in Prision and during Slavery and Jim Crow. The increase of slave methods continue to destroy the families in America. As a result of the assault on the men America, the women and children are left without economic stability while Whites enjoy all of the benefits of generations of economic luxury.
The increase in the prision population is the new look of slavery and the lining the the pockets of those who pass unjust laws for the pupose of wealth and Human Rights violations.
” Prison system unjust, unworkable.(Brief Article)
Article from:National Catholic Reporter Article date:February 18, 2000Author:Drinan, Robert F.CopyrightCOPYRIGHT 2009 National Catholic Reporter”
One feature of American life so painful that we regularly forget it is the condition of the nation’s prisons.
We were reminded of all the horrors of prison life by a report in early 2000, which reveals that New York state has finally granted damages of $8 million to the survivors of the 42 persons who were killed, the 80 who were injured and the other 1,281 inmates in Attica in 1971.
“The nation wanted to believe that after the worst prison insurrection in U.S. history that things would get better. Another recent report confirmed, however, that things have not improved. The number of persons in prison in the United States now exceeds 2 million, and the isolation and degradation in which they live is staggering.”
[God End This Sin Against African-American Families].
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.