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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Monday, April 1, 2013

The United Police States of America

English: A visual representation of states in ...
A visual representation of states in the United States by number of imprisoned persons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
America has turned everything in to a crime. We get locked up for actions that rarely lead to prison in other modern societies -- things like writing bad checks or using recreational drugs...or purse snatching. And U.S. prison sentences are much longer than sentences for the same crimes in other more enlightened countries. Take burglaries. In the U.S., the average sentence for a burglary is 16 months -- almost a year and a half. In Canada, it’s five months, and in England, seven months. Of course, we stand out too as having one of the busiest execution assembly lines in the world, trumped only by China and Iran, two countries that are not particularly laudable for the quality of their justice systems.

Of course, the U.S. justice system, if it can even be called that these days, is also rife with racism. The BJS reports that although blacks do not commit crimes at a rate significantly different from whites, they account for 39.4 percent of the US prison population, while accounting for only 13.1 percent of the general population. Hispanics, who account for 20.6 percent of the prison population nationally, represent only 16.3 percent of the population. Another way of looking at things: In 2010 black non-Hispanic males were incarcerated at the rate of 4,347 inmates per 100,000 in the U.S. White males were incarcerated at the rate of 678 inmates per 100,000. Hispanic males were incarcerated at the rate of 1,755 inmates per 100,000 U.S.

The system is also rigged against the poor of whatever race, many of whom are actually, or for all practical purposes, denied the Constitutional right to a lawyer.  | NationofChange
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