Over the last four decades, the incarceration rate has grown exponentially: a 500% increase that has left prisons overflowing throughout the nation. This rise in incarceration is not a subsequent result due to a rise in crime, but rather a strategic ploy to line the pockets of prison corporations and other involved parties.
With the recent (as of the writing of this article) nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, the issues of police brutality and systemic racism against African Americans has re-emerged in the media. This resurgence has highlighted the double standard and prevalent societal inequalities which African Americans face, and has revealed the deterioration of race relations in America. According to a recent Gallup poll, “nearly 60 percent of those surveyed said that they were somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the state of race relations in America.”