Be it racism or profit-motive, our youth must understand that there are people, groups, and corporations that want to see them drop out of school, do crime, and get arrested, convicted, and sentenced to prison! See, our youth need to clearly understand that the The 13th Amendment to the Constitution states that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
In other words, SLAVERY IS LEGAL if one is convicted of a crime and these “slaves” are HIGHLY profitable for private prison corporations like CCA and Geo Group. This is why they fight for policies that favor mandatory minimum sentences. Further, these same companies can constitutionally force convicts to do work for little to no pay further enriching themselves from incarcerating people.
For a more detailed understanding of the devastating impact of mass incarceration on Black and Brown communities, pick-up Law Professor Michelle Alexander’s bestselling master piece The New Jim Crow which “is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.”