Monday, May 4, 2015

Criminal Divide

*  According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2010 an African-American male born in 2001 had a 32% chance of going to jail during his lifetime, compared with 17% of Latino males, and 6% of whites.
*  African-Americans make up 13% of the US population and 14% of drug users, but comprise 37% of those arrested for drug-related offences.
*  African-Americans account for 57% of people in state prisons for drug offences.
*  In 2009, two-thirds of life sentences were given to non-whites.
*  In 2010, the US Sentencing Commission found that African-Americans received 10% longer sentences than whites for the same crimes.
*  In New York City, 80% of people stopped by police are black or Latino, and 85% of those stopped are searched, compared with 8% of whites.
*  African-Americans are 33% more likely than whites to be detained while facing a criminal trial.
*  In 2009, African-Americans were 21% more likely than whites to receive mandatory minimum sentences and 20% more likely than whites to be imprisoned for drug offences.


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