Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Race and the U.S. prison population

Siobhan McDonough:

There were 726 inmates for every 100,000 U.S. residents by June 30, 2004, compared with 716 a year earlier, according to the report by the Justice Department agency. In 2004, one in every 138 U.S. residents was in prison or jail; the previous year it was one in every 140.

In 2004, 61 percent of prison and jail inmates were of racial or ethnic minorities, the government said. An estimated 12.6 percent of all black men in their late 20s were in jails or prisons, as were 3.6 percent of Hispanic men and 1.7 percent of white men in that age group, the report said.

News and Blogosphere:

Inmate population up, report says

U.S. Prison Population Rose 2.3 Percent in 2004

U.S. Prison Population Breaks Own Records, Again


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