African American-White Disparity In State Prisons Is 5.1 to 1

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African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at a rate 5.1 times higher than the imprisonment of whites, says The Sentencing Project in a new analysis of data.

In five states, the disparity is more than 10 to 1: Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, Vermont, and Wisconsin. In twelve states, more than half of prison population is black: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Maryland, whose . . .

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