As parents, caregivers and a concerned community, we have an obligation to educate not just our youth, but ourselves as well. Awareness of the factors leading to high rates of incarceration, along with coordinated efforts to combat them, calls for collaborations among family, community, and business.
More than two-thirds (66%) of incarcerated youth had relatives who were already incarcerated. Engage your child in productive activities today to reduce their risk of prison tomorrow.
The United States is the largest incarcerator in the world with 2.3 million criminals behind bars (New York Times)
- US prison populations dwarfs that of other nations
- US has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, but nearly 25% of worlds prisoners
- Criminologists and legal scholars in other nations are mystified and appalled by the number and length of US prison sentences
Facts and Sources:
- A Black boy born in 2001 has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in his lifetime; a Latino boy a 1 in 6 chance; and a White boy a 1 in 17 chance. (Source: The Children’s Defense Fund)
- The NAACP reports that factors adding to the high incarceration rates include:
- Harsher Public Policies such as “Tough on Crime”, “Mandatory Minimums”, “Zero Tolerance”
- Racial Disparities in Incarceration
- Drug Sentencing Disparities
- 6th Grade ‘predictors are used to project 12th Grade likely-hood (John’s Hopkins University):
- Attending school 80% or less of the time
- Receiving poor final marks in behavior
- Failing Math
- Failing English
Private Prisons are BIG Business: From 1989 to 2009, prison and jail populations grew 335%, with more and more youth being detained in the juvenile justice system.
Standard & Poor’s Equity Research reports that the largest of the private correctional facility operators are
Corrections Corp. of America (CCA) (CXW) and Geo Group (GGI) – these companies are traded on Wall Street. It further reports that “From 1995 to 2005, the country’s imprisoned population ballooned by more than 600,000.”
The Clarion Call ensures community awareness of systemic policies, and prison industry factors that contribute to the demise in communities.
No one person or organization can do it all. That’s why The Clarion Call serves as a your partner in the success of our youth. We collaborate with nonprofits to offer alternative services and activities that engage and empower our youth to excel.
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