States and Their Criminal Population

States and Their Criminal Population

Introduction: Incarceration is defined as a verb, meaning to imprison or confine. The incarceration rates are varied drastically throughout the United States with little to no pattern; however, one portion of the map is a consistent color. When observing state incarceration rates, information such as state history and current population must be accounted for. The purpose of this essay is to discuss how structural functionalism would be the best theory to use when explaining why sociology matters when looking at the incarceration rates provided. "Structural functionalists note the importance of punishing the deviant individual to `head off' future ...

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Rates per One-Thousand Residents from 2010. The map is organized by color - orange being the states with the least incarcerations and blue being the most. When initially looking at the map there is little to no pattern, a lot to infer about the individual states and their rates, however, two main points stuck out for me. When looking at the map, it is evident that the states I grew up believing to be religious (such as Utah) and highly populated (such as New York) all were orange with low incarceration rates. Along with the religious states, the other lower rated states all are the states that get a lot of tourists throughout the year. Aside from the lower incarcerated states, the states that had higher incarceration rates are the states that are known to have had historical problems in the past. The majority of the blue states are grouped together along the southern states that were historically a part of the "black belt" in the 19[th] century because of their large cotton ...

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sociological concepts we could use to discuss them. When analyzing the data of a map involving incarceration rates, one good concept to discuss the rates is organic solidarity. Organic Solidarity are "operated more like a living organism, with various parts, each specializing in only certain tasks but dependent on the other for survival (Korhen and Atkinson, 2019: 18)." Organic solidarity is, in short, based on a division of labor that results in people depending on one another. Within society, many people look up to the police to keep criminals off the street; police rely on judges to incarcerate criminals; wardens and security officers are then relied on to keep criminals in jail. They ...

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Added: 5/4/2019 06:30:14 PM
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Category: Legal Issues
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