Where the Criminal-Minded Can Go

I like to watch docu-series that slightly disturb me and only because it’s a reminder of how our choices impact lives.

Some people enjoyed watching The Wire for that reason but regardless of how realistic the show seemed it was still television.

MSNBC’s Lockup is REAL.

Now with a rough estimate of 30% or more of inmates being black males compared to a 4% population this is no joke.

I’d love to see Jesse, Al or the NAACP talk about that – and not from a “why are ‘brothas’ being railroaded” perspective but “what are we doing to stop the insanity”.

Now when that conversation occurs followed by a change in behavior then we will see progress in the areas of contention – but not before. Let’s face it: some people are of no value and present an imminent danger. They need to be behind bars.

In this clip Harry Belafonte and Hall of Famer Jim Brown are featured. I think it’s great that they continue to give back and reach out to men. This is something that more  male “community activists” —especially those who claim to be so concerned about the state of the black race need to be doing.

8 Replies to “Where the Criminal-Minded Can Go”

    1. Actually Karen with those stats -- 14 million in prison (I really had no idea it was that many) the prison population rivals the non-incarcerated population of blacks in the entire state. There's only around 6% of blacks left in CA as it is.

    2. I got your email and I think the comments as posted are fine. The stats may have discrepancies (and is that a result of data gathered or a combining of state with national stats?) BUT the fact of the matter is the percentage of inmates is out of control and it's not all the result of racism though we know that historical obstacles are a factor. Black men are still killing other black men and harming black women and children at an alarming rate. No external factor has that kind of influence on the hearts and minds of others to spur them to behave this way. As long as the focus is on the external and not the massive internal issues it will only continue to escalate as it descends into depravity.

  1. @morphusbfly,

    Wouldn't it be better to avoid any contact with the criminal justice system, thereby never needing to be worried about how a POC would then be treated the system?

    1. Realities like school-to-prison-pipeline makes it hard to avoid contact with criminal justice system. Many law enforcement practices simply criminalize POC behavior while using deferment and community service as restitution for others. Studies conducted by the Bureau of Juvenile Justice confirms that this happens.

      1. I have a lot to say in response to this but I had a massive site failure that I'm crossing my fingers is fixed. I also have to connect a monitor to my laptop and write an art paper in the next 3 hours. I'm putting on a pot of coffee.

        Bottom line is this: there is no EXCUSE for people -- let's face it we're talking about black males in this conversation to continuously annihilate each other. No racism, white supremacy, bad childhood, poor school, the "system" whatever else you want to come up with is going to justify what goes on TODAY.

        Yes, we could talk about historical atrocities -- but guess what -- it has happened to EVERYBODY. They've moved on for the most part with their collectives -- yet blacks (specifically AA males) are trying to kill each other (as well as black women) like it's going out of style.

        That's an internal issue. A religious, spiritual, moral, lack of values issue.

        I believe you are of the male persuasion -- you should address this. This isn't something for women to take up anymore. Let the males who've abandoned their children take responsibility. If the schools are "bad" then let the parents DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

        We had a generation that survived moving on from being enslaved -- so tell me why are things culturally, spiritually and otherwise WORSE THAN THEY'VE EVER BEEN?

        The answer lies in the mirror that every male looks into.

  2. Source: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/prisons.htm

    Summary findings

    On June 30, 2008 —

    – 2,310,984 prisoners were held in federal or state prisons or in local jails – an increase of 0.8% from yearend 2007, less than the average annual growth of 2.4% from 2000-2007.

    – 1,540,805 sentenced prisoners were under state or federal jurisdiction.

    – there were an estimated 509 sentenced prisoners per 100,000 U.S. residents – up from 506 at yearend 2007.

    – the number of women under the jurisdiction of state or federal prison authorities increased 1.2% from yearend 2007, reaching 115,779, and the number of men rose 0.7%, totaling 1,494,805.

    At midyear 2008, there were 4,777 black male inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents being held in state or federal prison and local jails, compared to 1,760 Hispanic male inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents and 727 white male inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents.


    Some quick math:

    U.S. Population -- ca. 300 Million

    Number of Black Inmates -- 14,331,000

    Black Population in the U.S. -- ca. 37 Million (Year 2001)

    Percentage of Black Population incarcerated -- 38.6%


    With these types of statistics, there are too many BMs that are making choices which are resulting in incarceration. That is the grim fact.

    There would have to be a massive effort from Black Men en masse to change their destructive behaviours and focus on leading productive lives for this to change.

    The numbers are in my opinion too high and have been increasing for far too long to expect a reversal of this downward slide into oblivion.

    1. Karen,

      Thanks so much for the stats. It only shows it's worse than I initially thought. I didn't even touch on the female prison population as we know so many black women are prosecuted for their association with the males they're involved with. I used to think it was so unfair and racially motivated for women to be targeted in this manner but now I've accepted the condoning of the criminality also causes many problems. Not to mention it's usually a situation where the women don't have spousal privilege as a shield because they're not married. So these women have left themselves vulnerable by proximity if not active participation. Generally speaking that is…

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