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The Crime Report: Black-White Gap in U.S. Prison System Narrowed Since 2000, Researchers Find

Tuesday, December 3, 2019  
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Although African Americans are disproportionately the largest group of individuals in the U.S. justice system, the racial disparity between blacks and whites has significantly narrowed in the last two decades, according to a study released Tuesday.

The study, commissioned by the Council on Criminal Justice, found that historic racial and ethnic gaps have declined across U.S. prison, jail, probation, and parole populations between 2000 and 2016, the most recent year for which combined federal and state data were available.

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