"minorities" are incarceration 13 times that of their white counterparts, often for minor drug offenses. And now that we’ve realized the majority of America’s poor are people of color, we have the Heritage Foundation telling us that ownership of material goods means poor people aren’t actually as destitute as we thought.
Now a new study from the Annals of Epidemiology says a black man is half as likely to die in prison as he is outside of prison.
There was a 0.52 percent less chance that a black man would die from traumatic and chronic incidents in prison than out. Black men in prison were far more likely to receive better health care, especially for chronic illnesses like diabetes, less likely to die from drug or alcohol-related incidents, and less likely to be victims of murder while in prison.
The study alerts us to two main dangers of being a black man in civil society. Exposure to violent crime and lack of access to sufficient health care are the biggest killers of black men in the United States
Has society deteriorated so rapidly that a man would purposely get incarceratedto enjoy the relative luxury of free health care that the outside world would not afford him.
One person states that this study comes from asking very specific--and limited--questions. If we change the questions, we might get down to the root of the issue. Like, what are the specific policies and charges that led the 60 percent of the North Carolina inmates who are black to prison? What does it have to do with the police culture the war on drugs created?
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