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LO 16-5

Inmate Racial Integration: Achieving Racial Integration in the Texas Prison System
Description: CNN's Ryan Young takes a closer look at the belief that some drivers are racially profiled and pulled over for no other reason.

Abstract: After nearly three decades, there has been a revival of interest in the racial integration of inmates in prisons. In light of what has been done, the literature still questions whether racial integration policies, either forced or voluntary, can be implemented at the practical level. This article examines the process of achieving racial integration in the Texas prison system. This review focuses on the court's role in forcing racial integration, the organizational response to integration, the unit-level process of integration, and the general impact of an integration policy in Texas prisons. Ultimately, this article concludes that racial integration can be realized at the practical level in the contemporary prison.