African American males are being imprisoned at an alarming and unprecedented rate.
Out of the 10.4 million Black adult males in the U.S. population, nearly 1.5 million are in prisons and jails with another 3.5 million more on probation or parole or who have previously been on probation or parole. Black males make up nearly 75 percent of the total prison population, and — due to either present or past incarceration — is the most socially disenfranchised group of American citizens in the country today.
This book relates the author, Demico Boothe's, personal experiences and realizations to the seminal problems within the African American community, federal government and criminal justice system that cause his own experiences to be the same experiences of millions of other young Black men.
"Why Are So Many Black Men in Prison?" not only scrutinizes specific longstanding problems and certain cultural misgivings within the African American community, but also confronts how deliberate actions on the part of the federal government and several elected politicians over the past two decades paved the way for this crisis to occur and evolve into the present situation where millions of Black men are experiencing social disenfranchisement due to mass criminalization, incarceration, and a faulty criminal justice system.
This book has information that can serve as a guideline for African Americans on how to change their longstanding position as a powerless and dependant minority to a more independent and powerful group within the American and world power structure.