The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons

by Ashley Nellis

Jun 1, 2016

African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at more than five times the rate of whites, and at least ten times the rate in five states. This report documents the rates of incarceration for whites, African Americans, and Hispanics in each state, identifies three contributors to racial and ethnic disparities in imprisonment, and provides recommendations for reform.

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