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Racial and Educational Inequities Concerning Mass Incarceration

One aspect that is poorly understood socially and economically is the extent to which the general public is concerned about inequities in mass incarceration. Differences in attitudes towards mass incarceration can be seen by exploring three frames: race, education, and the US in a global context.
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The disproportionate incarceration of certain groups, racial minorities, and the less educated constitutes a social problem from the perspective of both policy makers and researchers. Mass incarceration is seen as a problem in the United States, whether the issue is framed by race, education, or as a global outlier determines possible solutions. Public concern about mass incarceration is not quite as great as overtly-expressed opinion would suggest, and data indicates that race-neutral frames evoke greater concern about mass incarceration than an emphasis on racial disparities.

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