Soc 305 Crime & Society D2

This
discussion focuses on topics addressed in several chapters of your text
– the death penalty and discrimination. Although first discussed in
Chapter 2, the death penalty is also discussed in Chapter 4. Rather than
thinking in rigid terms about reading assignments, please use your
textbook as a resource. After reading the text and watching the video, Injustice for Blacks in Alabama, respond to each of the following questions:

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  1. What do you think best explains high incarceration rates for Blacks compared to their percent of the general population?
  2. What do you think explains high incarceration rates for Blacks on death row?
  3. Is institutionalized racism to blame for these disparate rates? Please explain.
  4. Are genuinely high rates of Black crime to blame? Why or why not?
  5. What other factors explain the high incarceration rates for Black men?
  6. How can this problem be solved?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length.
Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or
other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.