Document Type

Class Paper

Publication Date

Fall 2019


This paper takes a brief look into Mass Incarceration: a phenomenon in the United States that accounts for the imprisonment of 2.3 million people (25% of the world's imprisoned population). It includes the synthetization of ideas by notable scholars within the realm of social justice studies, such as Bryan Stevenson and Ibram X. Kendi, in order to display how mass incarceration discriminates against minorities, upholds systemic injustice, and has effects on individuals who are incarcerated, as well as their families and the communities they live in. In order to set the context, this paper also mentions the "boom" of incarceration in the 1970s and the importance of rhetoric and policy in its continuation. To conclude, it mentions the framework in which mass incarceration should be viewed in order to address the issue effectively and in a redemptive manner.


This paper was presented as part of the Crime and Deviance course (SOCI 3023) taught by Dr. Susan Hughes.