Dear Youth Voices Community,

My name is San Ly, a senior at Fremont High School in Oakland

The social inequity problem I am looking into is Mass Incarceration. The demographic group I am most focused on for this inequity is African-American because human still facing discrimination and racism. The reason I feel this is an inequity is people are being kept behind the bars for their life sentences when they hadn’t done anything violently. Prison population increases every single year and it doesn’t help our society.

Right now, I believe a solution to this problem would be keeping prisoners in the shorter term, a few years to repent for what they had done to themselves and the society. Provide them some skills so after all, they can use it to start a new life. The United States can use those billion dollars used to spend on prisoners to rebuild roads, support schools and college students for supplies and school fees.

Some might argue that “Within those few years, they might not be apologetic and truly change,” and this makes my research focus debatable.

Fremont High School seniors are now curating sources to explain our inequity and its impact on society and to develop arguments for why and how this inequity needs to be addressed. If you have ideas for sources I should explore, please send me those ideas or links in the comment section. I would greatly appreciate your feedback and help.

Sincerely,

San Ly
Fremont High School

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1 Comment
  1. Karen 10 months ago

    San, this is such an important topic. I’m glad you are researching and writing about it.

    Here are some resources I would recommend:

    https://eji.org/mass-incarceration

    http://www.naacp.org/criminal-justice-fact-sheet/

    http://www.sentencingproject.org/issues/racial-disparity/

    I look forward to reading more about what you learn.

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