Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies


Global Studies


This project looks at the mass incarceration rates of people of African Descent where they are the minority in the country. It specifically will compare the rates in both the United States of America and Canada. America will be scrutinized as it has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. It will look at the underlying reasons why African Americans are admitted into the prison system and getting arrested. Both historical and sociological trends with community and cultural impacts will be explored. There have been a few court cases that have looked at either an individual case and how they are wrongly sent to prison for a small misdemeanor crime or at a category of people, mainly African Americans, that have been incarcerated. The role that laws have in society are to govern what may be enforced by largely a trusted entity -whether it be justly applied or not.