Substance Abuse among the Black Incarcerated Men
The United States carries the largest burden of incarceration in the world. It has the highest population of inmates in the world, despite a number of policies that have been instituted to mitigate the increasing number of incarceration. One of the reasons why this population has been selected for this study is because historical policies on drug abuse have played a part in increasing the number of inmates in the country. In addition, this population is also less focused on in drafting policies aimed at substance abuse treatment. They are a forgotten population in the war on drugs. This is despite statistics showing a high rate of drug abuse in state and federal prison and jails. In the war on drugs, black men are the major victims. According to Rowell, Wu, Hart, Haile, and El-Bassel (2012) black men account for 46% of those who complete their prison term for drug related offenses, despite the fact that they only comprise 6% of the general population. In addition, the population also comprises a large percentage of those who are arrested for drug related offenses and under the influence of drugs when committing a crime. Therefore, this population is selected for this study to understand the reason why they are at risk and why they are victimized.