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WHY ARE SO MANY BLACK MEN IN PRISON? [NOOK Book]

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African-American males are being imprisoned at an alarming and unprecedented rate. Out of the more than 11 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 the majority 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, ...
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African-American males are being imprisoned at an alarming and unprecedented rate. Out of the more than 11 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 the majority 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, which was penned by Boothe while he was still incarcerated, details the author's personal story of a negligent upbringing in an impoverished community, his subsequent engagement in criminal activity (drug dealing), his incarceration, and his release from prison and experiencing of the crippling social disenfranchisement that comes with being an ex-felon. The author then relates his 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. This book focuses on the totality of how and why the U.S. prison system became the largest prison system in the world, and is filled with relevant statistical and historical references and controversial facts and quotes from notable persons and sources.
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Editorial Reviews

Benjamin Hooks
A most necessary literary work that deserves the immediate attention of us all.
Ed Yancey
I recommend that all African-Americans read this book...I learned so much that I had to mark up my own personal copy with highlights of passages that I found profound.
Michael Baisden
Good Book!
Roman Johnson
In his new book, Boothe eloquently addresses why so many black men are being incarcerated in prisons across America. He explains that U.S. politicians and the American government allow the prison industrial complex to use prisoners as cheap labor. The companies within this complex system also benefit because the federal government pays them for a variety of services. These companies therefore profit from the mass incarceration of black men. Speaking from personal experience he describes some unf
Zelema Harris, Ph.D.
This book was excellent! I learned so much that I did not know about the criminal justice system and prisons. The personal story of Mr. Boothe really grabbed me and shook me to tears, so much so that I had to invite him to speak to my students at my college for the African American Male Initiative. Mr. Boothe is an inspiration to all who have been down and out but refuse to give up, and this eye-opening literary work deserves much respect and attention from us all.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013114364
  • Publisher: Full Surface Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 700,684
  • File size: 178 KB

Meet the Author

Demico Boothe is considered by many to be an expert on many issues dealing with African-Americans, particularly the U.S. criminal justice system as it relates to black men. Since the release of his first title in 2007, Demico has been crisscrossing the country networking and speaking and raising national awareness about the crisis of African-American male criminality and imprisonment and has found that he is uniquely equipped to address certain dynamics within the mindsets of many African-American male youth as well as the American criminal justice system that are responsible for the creation and continuance of this crisis. He currently resides in his hometown of Memphis, TN where he works with the local community on a daily basis to address issues involving young black men.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2011

    great read, lots of info, learned a lot

    This book really hits the proverbial nail on the head. Am glad I purchased it. Learned much more than I thought I would. The author's personal story was really intriguing too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    Opens your eyes about our criminal justice system

    I recommend this book because Demico Boothe gives vivid details of his experiences in a number of federal prisons and gives the reader a better understanding of what it is like for young Black men in prisons throughout our country. Most of the young Black men in jail are serving longer sentences than the years they have been alive. They are serving more time for nonviolent crimes than White men are serving for violent crimes. Demico attests to this. It is what motivated him to write the book and to make others aware of the growing issue of so many young African-American men in the prison system. I didn't realize until I read this book that there are so many loop holes in our government in regards to this issue. Read this book to find out more why our society doesn't give justice to the young Black men in becoming productive citizens.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

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    Best book to use when researching Criminology, Penology, and African-American culture

    I must say that this book is one of the best research tools on the subject of prisons and how they operate in this country. The first and last chapters are my favorites, as they discuss the author's personal experiences within the prison system and the solutions to the problem. We have well over one million black men in prison and it is high time that something is done to change this very grim reality. It is my personal hope that President Obama takes issue with this and introduces some sweeping policies that will turn things around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    A must have, must read book

    Everyone in America needs to read this book. The personal story of the author is riveting and the information given is on point. I cannot say enough good things about this book's message.To all who are concerned about the high rate of black male criminality and incarceration: Pick it up, read it, learn something, do something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    A much better book on the subject than Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow"

    This book really explained in vivid detail (very vivid) how the criminal justice system really works from the inside out, from top to bottom. The author actually wrote this book while still in prison! I guarantee that if you start reading this book, you won't be able to put it down and you will learn a lot and be entertained as well.

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

    A great research tool, excellently written, and to the point. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is studying criminology, penology, criminal law, or any of the akin subjects.

    Great book with a lot of information, statistics, and insight. I've read many books on the criminal justice system, but this one tops the load. The author did an excellent job of bringing the truth out on paper in such a way that will, I'm sure, make some people emotional and want to set about bringing much needed change to our criminal and penal systems. Great personal story in the first chapter too, by the way. All in all, a great, great read that you will both enjoy and learn something from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    REAL!!!!!!!!!!

    A very informative, powerfull, intelligent, and real book. A must read for EVERY black man in America,.....Free or Incarcerated! Keep up the great writting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    Awesome Book!!!

    This book title is a question that is often asked in the black Communtiy. The book covers everything in great detail. A very outstanding book to read. I suggest you get this book for your sons, nephews, and young men in your community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Very Enlightening and Informative....

    Someone once said 'A dark, repressive trend in the business field known as 'corrections' is sweeping the United States, and it bodes ill both for the captives and for the communities from which they were captured.' ...Mr. Boothe's book, in a most REAL way, explains and elaborates on 'that' from the African American experience and angle. Which is, after all, the one most effected by the above 'quote'/'TRUTH'. Simply A MUST READ!! It left me feeling 'enlightened' and 'informed', like NO book on this subject ever did before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    ALL YOUNG BLACK MEN SHOULD READ

    This book should be required reading for every black young man in AMERICKKK ,as i said this is a must read. Mr.Demico Boothe book is well researched and is backed up by statistics'Facts' that can't be disputed by any right thinking person's' . I think that this book answers the question on WHY ARE SO MANY BLACK MEN IN PRISON that most Americans should be asking!! So this is a call to all parents of young black men to buy this book ,it's well worth it . Thanks Demico Boothe for doing a very ,very good job !!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

    ANYONE CONCERNED ABOUT THE JENA 6 CASE SHOULD READ!!

    A must read. Explains all the dynamics involved in the Jena 6 case but on a much broader scale. All Black social workers, psychologists, activists, teachers, and professors should read and/or teach from. This is indeed a big, big issue for the Black community and we cannot afford to ignore it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2007

    A very necessary book.....Must read!

    I read this book when it first came out and I must applaud the author for publishing this. The question in the title is a question that many folks have been asking as of late. This book really explains in clear and to the point language what have been the causative factors behind the shocking statistics of black male incarceration. I think all Americans should read, especially African-Americans. The fact that we have more black men in prison than college and the fact that the government is profiting from imprisoning its own citizens and have more people in prison than any other country in the world, mostly for non-violent drug offenses, is indeed a gigantic problem. Many states spend more money on building prisons than colleges. There has to be another way to deal with crime prevention, and I think this author nailed it on the head with some of the solutions offered in the last chapter of the book. Kudos!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    All Black Men and Women Should Read

    The black community really needs to pay attention to this prison problem, because too many of our men are faced with prison in this country. This author is really crying out for attention to be placed on this issue before it is too far gone. Very good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    AN OUTSTANDING READ!!!!!

    I must say that this book was long overdue. Many have tried but this author perfected it. I encourage all to read this book. I was greatly impressed with the outstanding statistics as well as the heart wrenching real life experiences of the author. I can¿t wait to read his next book. I surely hope that there is a next book. Men and women can relate to the topics and situations that occur within this book. I am going to buy copies for some of my family members ASAP.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    Valuable information needed for all ethnicities

    This book is excellent! Although it is written with mostly the young black male in mind, I (a young white woman) gained great insight and infomation on the struggle faced by African-American youth and the injustice of the US Judicial system. The overwhelming facts filled in this book challenge us to wake up and take a serious look at the way judicial laws have been set in motion to destroy not only the opportunity for basic freedoms and liberties allowed to most in the US, but it also uncovers the hidden agenda to destroy the black family stucture, the rich history of the African-American and other indigenous groups, and to keep a people locked into a slavery state. If you care about the world we are creating for generations to come, you will buy this book and share it with others.

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    Posted August 23, 2011

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