Jeanette Grattan Parker, Ph.D. (file photo)

We have millions of workforce energy stored in prisons, jails. Why? Some points to consider: We already know there is a substantial divide between arrests imprisonment of African American Hispanic, and other. Nationwide, *Nationwide, African American children: 32% of children arrested, *42% of children detained, and 52% of children cases are judicially waived to criminal court. The imprisonment rate for African American women is twice that of white women. (NAACP Prison Statistics) * It cost from about $31,000-$60,000 for incarceration—one inmate.[The Price of Prisons Report] Martha Teichner reported on CBS News–California was badly overcrowded. US Supreme Court ordered California to cut its prison population by 30,000 inmates. *If African Americans and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates as whites, prison and jail populations would decline by almost 40%. THIS IS REMARKABLE! It costs approximately $6,000-$18,000 to educate one child in the public school system (reported by Lam Thuy Vo). Nationwide, African American children represent 32% of children who are arrested, 42% of children who are detained, and 52% of children whose cases judicially waived to criminal court. Herein lies the heart of the problem. We need to stop handling the problem from anal position. Use the oral position. Educate our children!!!! Starting point is with children. *Imprisonment rate for African American women is twice that of white women. *Martha Teichner of CBS News: California: badly overcrowded. US Supreme ordered to cut prison population by 30,000. “Pivotal Empirical research offers some explanation as to why US prison population has grown exponentially: “National Research Council of the National Academies — “During the 1980s, the U.S. Congress and most state legislatures enacted laws mandating lengthy prison sentences — often of 5, 10, and 20 years or longer — for drug offenses, violent offenses, and ‘career criminals.’ In the 1990s, Congress and more than one-half of the states enacted ‘three strikes and you’re out’ laws that mandated minimum sentences of 25 years or longer for affected offenders. A majority of states enacted ‘truth-in-sentencing’ laws requiring affected offenders to serve at least 85% of their nominal prison sentences.” INSIGHT: *Between 1980 and 2015, the number of people incarcerated in America increased from roughly 500,000 to over 2.2 million. *United States makes up about 5% of the world’s population; has 21% of the world’s prisoners. *1 in 37 adults in the United States, or 2.7% of the adults under correctional supervision.*African Americans/ Hispanics make up approximately 32% of the US population, comprise 56% of  incarcerated in 2015. *African Americans/whites use drugs at similar rates. Imprisonment rate of African Americans for drug charges 6 times that of whites. *African Americans represent 12.5% of illicit drug users, 29% arrested for drug offenses; 33% of incarcerated in state facilities for drug offenses. *Criminal records reduce likelihood job callback–nearly 50 percent. Criminal record impact–twice as large for African American applicants. Dr. Jeanette Grattan Parker: Founder-Superintendent Today;s Fresh Start Charter School:Inquiring Minds Want To Know.copyright. Contact: [email protected]