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A 12 month unduplicated head count was the way my conversation started with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, when I started this project. “That data is just not available” was the response, and lead me to lend a lot more credibility to a young man who had been involved in the Criminal Justice System and explained to me a story, which at first I had trouble believing.  jail.jpg

Lets call Him “AJ’. As he explained to me how the prison head count worked, I immediately was reminded of the conspiracy theory from the Kennedy assassination to the World Trade Towers, but I heard the brother out. His proposal, the count your government gives you is way inflated. He told me that as he was moved from one institution to another, for accounting purposes and of course funding, each system counted him over again and that you can never get a number from the BJS that does not include multiple counting of prisoners as they move from jail, to prison, to prison, to prison to even paroled supervision. “You need to bring this to light in your next film”so I decided to do some digging, even though I was extremely skeptical of what this brother was saying, however after one phone call, believe it or not, the BJS could not provide me, in technical terms, a 12 month non-duplicated head count for African American Males. I’m officially a conspiracy theorist now, and thank you AJ.My final point that I found extremely interesting is who is considered to be counted for Jail. Just take a look at who goes into making up these overwhelming numbers…

Jail populations

As defined in this report, jails are

locally operated correctional facilities

that confine persons before or after

adjudication. Inmates sentenced to

jail usually have a sentence of 1 year

or less. Jails also —

• receive individuals pending arraignment

and hold them awaiting trial,

conviction, or sentencing

• readmit probation, parole, and bailbond

violators and absconders

• temporarily detain juveniles pending

transfer to juvenile authorities

• hold mentally ill persons pending

their movement to appropriate mental

health facilities

• hold individuals for the military, for

protective custody, for contempt, and

for the courts as witnesses

• release convicted inmates to the

community upon completion of sentence

• transfer inmates to Federal, State, or

other authorities

• house inmates for Federal, State, or

other authorities because of crowding

of their facilities

• sometimes operate communitybased

programs as alternatives to


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  1. October 26, 2007 at 12:09 am

    I remember you writing a comments or two some while back about young black boys. How do mamas talk to them about certain issues? What are the boys really thinking?

    I began posting some of those thoughts on youtube. Click, visit, see and pass along to folks you know who may find value in the message. http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=bygINCpresents

    Youtube. Search (bygincpresents)

    All the best.

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