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Waldo E. Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314366

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314366.001.0001

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Understanding the Economic Costs of Incarceration for African American Males

Understanding the Economic Costs of Incarceration for African American Males

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(p.311) 17 Understanding the Economic Costs of Incarceration for African American Males
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Social Work With African American Males
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Mark L. Joseph

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314366.003.0017

This chapter explores the economic implications of the staggering incarceration rate in the United States for African American men, for their families and communities, and for society as a whole. First, it provides a theoretical framework for examining the relationship between incarceration and earnings. Next, it summarizes the data and methodology used for the analysis of the earnings gap. It examines the size and causes of the earnings gap as suggested by empirical analysis. It then considers the individual and societal economic costs of the earnings gap. The final section considers potential ways to reduce the earnings gap.

Keywords:   African American males, incarceration, earnings gap, economic costs, social costs

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