“It becomes more and more difficult to avoid the idea of black men as subjects of not just racial profiling but of an insidious form of racial obliteration sanctioned by silence.” -Aberjhani-
The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world. The most recent Census estimate reporting issued on July 1st, 2019 shows White Non-Hispanic account for 76.3%, Hispanic and Latino 18.5%, and Black or African Americans account for 13.4% of the population. For a population that accounts for far less than half of the US population, there is a disproportionately large amount of People of Color imprisoned. People of Color are often targeted, held for questions on the scene, and made guilty until proven innocent. In the courtroom, the lawyers will bring up any past charges (if the party has any) and use that to increase the imprisonment. The term Overcharging or stacking is a practice used by the justice system that adds time to a defendant’s sentence. This practice can triple or quadruple the sentence at times. If a white man and a person of color commit the exact same crime they would serve different sentences. There needs to be a justice reform and reevaluation of convictions of those who committed low risk or non-violent offenses. Doing so would decrease the incarceration in the US, lower the spending on federal prisons, and allow those released to contribute to society.