In filling out the chart, students will explore differences in incarceration rates and consider why these differences exist. 




Difference in Incarceration


Possible Relevant Factors Related to Difference in

Incarceration Rate


Relevant Theories of Crime

United States Compared to Other

Industrialized Societies


African Americans and Whites in the

United States

Men and Women      


Answer the following questions. 

  1. Look at the “Incarceration Rates” insert. What differences in incarceration rates do you notice?
  2. What factors do you think account for the differences in incarceration rates that you noticed?
  3. What sociological theories of crime help to explain these differences in incarceration rates? Explain your answer.