In Milwaukee, Highest Rate of Black Males Arrested and Incarceratedin America; Nearly 50% Young Black Men Arrested by Age 23; AKA Women -Theta Omega Chapter Honor Young Black Men; Michael Holzman Discusses BestPractices to Educate Black Students
Michael Holzman, who recently wrote about Milwaukee's issues with poverty and black male incarceration for the website Daily Kos, contends the story begins with the criminal justice system - in particular, the Milwaukee Police Department.
"The Chief of Police makes rules about what counts as a crime, where to concentrate forces, and what to do about it," he argues. "So I'd say that the disproportionality of arrests follows some decisions made by the Chief of Police."
Holzman also pointed to policies set by the District Attorney's office about who gets prosecuted, and by the decisions of judges in convictions and sentencing.
"If you have 10 times as many black people imprisoned in Milwaukee as white people, we're not talking about little shades of gray here. We're talking about something that is shouting out that there is a real serious problem," he says.
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Nearly Half Of Black Males Are Arrested By Age 23: Study
By Simon McCormack
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A large number of American men have already been arrested by the time they're in their early 20s, according to a new report.
The study, published on Monday in the journal Crime & Delinquency, found that nearly half (49 percent) of African-American men and 40 percent of white men have been arrested by the age of 23, "which can hurt their ability to find work, go to school and participate fully in their communities," according to a press release.
The research was based on an analysis of national survey data from 1997 to 2008 of teenagers and young adults. The arrests included minor crimes like truancy as well as serious violent crimes. It excluded traffic offenses.
The study also found:
By age 18, 30 percent of black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of white males have been arrested.
By age 23, 49 percent of black males, 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males have been arrested.
Previous studies have found that blacks are discriminated against in every phase of the criminal justice system, from arrest to prosecution and sentencing.
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AKA Sorors (left to right) Shavelle Bell, Tresa Dunbar Garrett and Tiffany Hope were awarded Code Black T-shirts by Phillip Jackson (second from left) for the great job that the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Theta Omega Chapter is doing for young Black men in Chicago, Illinois
Young men from The Black Star Project were the Project Holiday Cheer Service project recipient this Year for the Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Theta Omega Chapter. in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, January 4, 2014. 27 young men were honored by the by the AKA women with a luncheon, fraternity mentors and gift cards.
Sorors from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Theta Omega Chapter are surrounded by the young Black men they honored!
Students put winter break to good use
January 4, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Some students are using their winter break from school to take a few classes and learn some new skills in what is being called 'Holiday University."
Most of these students are accustomed to playing video games. But after class, they are well on their way to also creating them. The students are learning computer coding. It's one of three free classes the black star project is offering to students during winter break.
Executive Director Phillip Jackson says the effort is to help close the racial academic achievement gap.
"During the summer, there's this thing called the summer slide where when people don't go to school, they actually lose what they learned during the school year. It's similar for the holidays. So rather than falling behind for two weeks, our young people are moving forward," he said.
Students are also learning black history and financial literacy.
The "Holiday University" is coming to an end, but The Black Star projects offers what they call "Saturday University" which offers tutoring, homework help and other classes at 22 different sites around the Chicago area.
All of the classes are free.
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