It is no secret that Black people are sent to prison at disproportional rates, outnumbering white prisoners in some states six to one. Delaware is not a state mentioned often when discussing mass incarceration, but statistics about the state’s inmates are mind boggling. Of the more than 200 children locked up in Delaware, more than 75 percent are Black; overall, Black people account for 56 percent of inmates; this is despite the fact that they only account for 22 percent of the state’s population.
Two teenagers who spoke with The News Journal about how it feels for the system to be stacked against them summed up the state of mass incarceration in America, with one stating, “This is how the world operates,” and another stating, “If I was white, it would be different.” As most people, including lawyers, judges and police officers who feed the system, continue about life as if locking up such a high percentage of the population in the most racist manner in existence is normal, Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo Strine refuses to accept it as the norm.
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22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.