Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds writes for the MinnPost Community Voices section about the plight of young black men in Minnesota
Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds of the Community Justice Project writes for the MinnPost about the plight of young black men in Minnesota. "Minnesota’s long-standing reputation as a progressive state may very well be in jeopardy. A look at the statistics surrounding the quality of life for young African-American men point to a picture that is bleak and difficult to ignore. These young men represent fewer than 5 percent of our state population, but are more than 35 percent of our state prison population. They are more likely to have contacts with police and probation officers than college recruiters and job interviewers. They are also more likely to live in prison housing than on college campuses in our state. This has to change."