What the law considers violent crime is too broad and needlessly locks up Black men more than white males.
It has been proven that white people commit just as much violent crime as Black people, yet Blacks are disproportionately thrown in jail.
Culture needs to be a consideration when reforming the definitions of violent crime.
When people think of violent crime they probably think of things like rape and murder. What they might not understand is that “violent crime” actually encompass a broad range of activities and this broad definition of violent crime is being used to lock up scores of Black men.
Like, for example, “assault” can include a punch in the arm. Now a punch in the arm is objectively harmless. One person is maybe hurt for a few
minutes and everyone survives. As long as no one dies why should a Black man potentially face years in prison away from his family and a vibrant community that…