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Why Are So Many Black Men In Prison? / Edition 2

Why Are So Many Black Men In Prison? / Edition 2

by Demico Boothe


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Why Are So Many Black Men In Prison? / Edition 2

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why the U.S. prison system became the largest prison system in the world, and is filled with relevant statistical and historical references and controversial facts and quotes from notable persons and sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979295300
Publisher: Full Surface Publishing
Publication date: 02/08/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 156
Sales rank: 471,863
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Demico Boothe is a bestselling author of several books and considered by many to be an expert on the criminal justice system as it relates to African-Americans. He served 12 consecutive years inside of federal prison and was released in November of 2003. During his incarceration, he read over 500 books and dedicated his time to study, writing, and mentoring other incarcerated African-American males about the need for lifestyle/ mentality change. Since his release, he has been mentoring young minorities at halfway houses, rehabilitation centers, jails and schools.

Demico Boothe has been contacted and interviewed by many media outlets, including CNN, The Foxxhole w/Jamie Foxx (Hollywood, CA), The Commercial Appeal Newspaper (Memphis, TN), The Michael Baisden Show, Playboy Magazine, Al Jazeera The Americas, The Final Call, Upfront News w/Tony Cox, The Daily News Newspaper, The Portland Skanner, The Black Author's Network, The Sankofa Society, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine (Fairfax, VA), KPFA 91.4 Radio (Berkeley, CA), KBOO Radio (Portland, OR), 90.3 FM WHCR (New York, NY), The Thaddeus Matthews Show, Black Liberation Radio (, Pacific Radio (, Houston, TX), WVOX 1460 AM (New Rochelle, NY), The Rev. and Reggie Show, WUVS-LP 103.7 FM The Beat (Muskegon, MI), Internet Talk Radio, Real Talk w/Brother Neal, African World Books Radio (Baltimore, MD), Tree of Life Harlem Bookstore Internet Radio (Atlanta, GA), Conversations with Cogee, KLAV (Las Vegas), KJCB AM 770 Louisiana, The Village Report w/Eric Croomes, WLOK Radio (Memphis, TN), etc.

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Why Are So Many Black Men In Prison? 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Joshua2009 More than 1 year ago
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.
Prelude2law More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!