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

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 . . . Want to read more? Please subscribe to The Crime Report!


A Life (Without Parole) Story

How much punishment does an offender deserve? The Crime Report’s David J. Krajicek takes a deep look at America’s ‘lifers’–­the neglected leftovers of mass incarceration.


Dealing With ‘Other People’s Children’

Ashley Nellis, author of “A Return to Justice: Rethinking Our Approach to Juveniles in the System,” speaks with TCR Contributing Editor David J. Krajicek about the “fear-driven” policies that extended America’s lock-’em-up fervor to include vast numbers of juveniles who were disproportionately black.


Corrections Reform Isn't Just About Cutting Prison Populations

Population data just released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) show a continued modest decline in the number of people supervised in U.S. correctional systems, averaging a 1 percent decrease annually from 2007 to 2014. This reduction is somewhat greater than the decline in the prison population for this period, and in large part it reflects changes in the number of people under probation supervision. While in recent years there has been an increasing focus on challenging mass incarceration, […]


How to Eliminate Inequality in the Justice System

A new report by The Sentencing Project highlights four features of the nation's justice system that exacerbate the system's underlying racial inequality, and reform taken in jurisdictions around the country that have addressed these disparities. The report points to “race-neutral” policies that exacerbate racial inequality; racial bias in the use of discretion; practices that disadvantage low-income individuals, and policies, such as collateral consequences for those with criminal records, which exacerbate socioeconomic inequalities. “The criminal justice system's high volume of contact […]


Confounding Critics, Nation’s Prison Population Rises

Breaking a four-year trend, the nation’s prison population rose again last year, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. The news disappointed advocates of reducing “mass incarceration” in the U.S., who had expressed hope that after rising relentlessly for three decades, the inmate count had started an equally consistent downward slide. The new data dashed this hope, at least for now. The national total rose by 4,300 in 2013 to 1,574,700. Prisoner numbers went up in 27 states, an […]