Data Tool: Incarceration Impacts Vary by Race

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The growth of jail incarceration has not impacted everyone equally, according to an updated interactive data tool published today by the Vera Institute of Justice.

“The racial composition of counties varies widely, but particular racial groups are over-represented in jail populations,” researchers write in the section of the online tool measuring incarceration impacts by race. “For example, although African Americans comprised just 13 percent of the general population in 2014, they made up nearly 40 percent of the overall . . .

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