EDITORIAL: Why We Need a Victor Pate Amidst the World’s Most Incarcerating Nation

By Doni Glover, Publisher
Harlem Business Journal

(HARLEM – April 19, 2020) – While America comprises but 5% of the world population, we also have 25% of the world’s inmates. 44% of them are Black men. And Black women – well, they – are the fastest growing demographic. To boot, Blacks only comprise some 13.4% of the country’s overall population: Such a small demographic among the general population on one hand, but a burgeoning number in prison on the other.

Something, ladies and gentlemen, is fundamentally wrong with this equation.

America is the most incarcerating nation on earth, and specializes in the incarceration of Black people.

“Prison rates in the US are the world’s highest at 724 people per 100,000,” according to an article on “World Prison Populations” on BBC News.
 

US 2,193,798 737 107.6 21.2 8.9
CHINA 1,548,498 118 N/A


While China has roughly 1.4 billion people compared to America’s 328 million, we have thousands more in prison. Wow!

According to the Sentencing Project, “The United States criminal justice system is the largest in the world. At yearend 2011, approximately 7 million individuals were under some form of correctional control in the United States, including 2.2 million incarcerated in federal, state, or local prisons and jails. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, dwarfing the rate of nearly every other nation.”

Further, they report that “1 in 10 Black men in his 30s is in prison or jail on any given day.”

This is why it is critical to continuously celebrate the work and efforts of the one only Victor Pate, a Joe Manns Black Wall Street Honoree and Legend. Mr. Pate has worked tirelessly to assist the ex-offender community in NYC. His track record is impeccable, his contacts are extensive, and the lives he’s helped transform will remain forever grateful of his kindness.

Further, he has put us in touch with some remarkable success stories over the years. Quite frankly, we love reporting such news!
WHO IS VICTOR? Currently, he’s the Chairperson of the National Action Network NYC Chapter Second Chance Program to assist the formerly incarcerated men and women as they navigate to reenter society and member of the Correctional Associations RAPP (Release Aging People In Prison) Coalition and the NYC CAIC(Campaign Against Isolated Confinement).Victor Pate is a formerly incarcerated individual who was released from prison in 1995 and successfully completed parole in 1999. His academic achievements include obtaining his G.E.D., Legal Research Certificate, Associate degree in Para-Legal Studies and Certification as a Legal Assistant. Victor became involved in the Criminal Justice arena after experiencing and overcoming the many obstacles faced by the formerly incarcerated coming home and striving to regain a foothold on life.Being involved with and supporting such dynamic organizations such as CSS, Correctional Association, Fortune Society, New York Drug Policy Alliance, in Your Face Movement, National Action Network, New York State Prisoner Justice Network, Beyond Attica Coalition, has traveled to Albany and Washington on many occasions to advocate for Social and Criminal Justice Reform on issues that affects the lives of many across the spectrum of humanity.

Victor has hosted community educational,empowerment and awareness forums on issues related to : Drug Laws, Death Penalty, Reentry, Womens Issues, Juvenile Justice, Domestic Violence, Voting Rights for the Formerly Incarcerated, Political Action and Parole.

Victor Pate continues to be involved in community and the issues affecting the community in addition assisting those coming home making a transition from prison to community.

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