Demographic data such as race, age, gender, and social class are associated with crime and criminal justice and can be illustrative of a larger picture in terms of social justice. For example, the racial composition of inmates in U.S. prisons can be illustrative of larger issues dealing with society, police, and the courts. These issues could be prejudice, discrimination, disparity in drug sentences, and racial profiling, among others.
What are three important demographic statistics or trends as they relate to different components of the criminal justice systemâ?"the police, courts, and corrections.
How is this statistic or trend illustrative of a larger social issue?
Why do you think it is illustrative of a larger social issue?
What are the current and future implications of the statistics?
What could be done to negate any negative trends or future implications you identify? Why?
The statistic I will focus on is that statistic that has the African American race constitutes over 60% of the jail and prison population while only representing 12-15% of the overall population of the U.S. This statistic illustrates the racially questionable practices conducted by the police as well as the disposition of Blacks and minorities throughout the criminal justice system. Beginning with the juvenile justice system wherein the statistics have consistently shown that Black and White youth commit similar criminal offenses in the juvenile demographic, the system disproportionately exposes and enters Blacks into the system. From the labeling of a criminal defendant to juvenile incarceration, the minorities in general and Blacks specifically are detained and incarcerated at a larger portion than ...