Race, Crime & Punishment
Program #DAVA007. Recorded in Madison, WI on November 16, 1999.The U.S. has a "love affair with incarceration," says England's respected Guardian newspaper. Spanking-new prisons dot the landscape. Prison population has risen 500% since 1972, while the population on the whole only rose 28%. African Americans constitute most of the inmates. They receive longer and harsher sentences than whites. In addition, blacks are disproportionately represented on death row.
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