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 moreĀ  male “community activists” —especially those who claim to be so concerned about the state of the black race need to be doing.

8 comments to Where the Criminal-Minded Can Go

  • Karen

    To put the numbers these numbers in perspective.

    There are more BM's in prison (ca. 14 million) than the total inhabitants of some countries… "


    A very grim situation indeed….

  • Karen


    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?

  • Karen

    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.