Mass incarceration is a huge detriment to the well being of our society. The United States has less than five percent of the world’s population, yet we have 20 percent of the world’s incarcerated people. And mass incarceration due to unjust and exorbitant sentences on nonviolent drug-related crimes is an issue that disproportionately affects minority and low-income communities.
For example, African Americans are almost four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana-related issues than whites although the usage rates are similar. Right now across our nation, there are almost 12,000 people who are serving time in federal prison for marijuana-related crimes although at this time 10 states have legalized marijuana use and 15 states have decriminalized the possession of certain amounts of marijuana. Also, adding to the rate of mass incarceration and the way it is affecting minority communities is the huge disparity in the sentencing between crack and powder cocaine offenses. Families are being broken up and lives are being shattered by unjust sentences. Something must be done!KEEP READING
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