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The criminalization of men of color in the United States is connected to multilayered, systemic factors involving marginalization and structural inequalities. Paying specific attention to the contemporary incarceration for men of color in the United States, this entry explores the public discourse about criminalization, inequities in incarceration rates, and the structural contexts of incarceration for men of color.

Public Discourse About Criminalization of Men of Color

There has been extensive public discourse about the pervasive criminalization of men of color in the United States. In 2015, The New Yorker featured the case of Kalief Browder, a 22-year-old African American male who had been falsely imprisoned and subjected to solitary confinement, violence, and abuse during his teenage years at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City. ...

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