What might explain the racial/ethnic makeup of the prison population in Texas?

CTC Incarceration in the United States A Case of Texas Essay

Central Texas College

Question Description

 

Answer the following topic for Writing Assignment 2. The writing assignment should be a minimum of 750 words. You may improve your submission by using additional sources (such as news articles or government websites).

Discuss how the racial/ethnic makeup of the overall prison population and the death row population in Texas compares to the racial/ethnic breakdown of the general population in Texas. What might explain the racial/ethnic makeup of the prison population in Texas? Which regions of the country have higher incarceration rates and death penalty usage? What do you think explains the differences in the regional patterns of incarceration and death penalty usage? How do you feel about the fairness of the Texas criminal justice system? Are there any specific reforms that you would like to see adopted?