On Jan

On Jan. 1, 1863, when The Emancipation Proclamation was was signed, many slaves were freed and African Americans celebrated their long withheld freedom. Later, in December 1865, the 13th Amendment was passed by Congress which made slavery illegal. Although, the slaves were freed, they were subject to be re-enslaved if they commited a crime. Despite the termination of slavery on December 18, 1865 black people are facing subject to mass incarceration. Likewise today Black folks make roughly 14 percent of the country’s population yet they constitute almost half of the prison population. (Schwirtz,Winerip, and Gabeloff). Mass incarceration of African Americans is one of the serious social issue we have in America. But when you deeply investigate the roots of the situation, who is to be blamed? Instantly you think the criminals are to be blamed for their action. Or they shouldn’t have broken the law in the first place. But what many individual fail to understand is the people behind the sentencing such as Police, judges, jurors and the detectives. One of the most sickening facts about mass incarceration is that there’s more black male in prison today that it was in slavery in 1850. The victim of mass incarceration are poor black people whose destination will likely be prison. (Gopnik, Adam)