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The Washington Post: States imprison black people at five times the rate of whites

Wednesday, December 4, 2019  
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In its first major report, the independent, bipartisan Council on Criminal Justice has found that racial and ethnic disparities in U.S. prisons and jails, as well as in parole and probation populations, declined from 2000 to 2016 — though the gap is far from closed.

The study’s authors credit the dip to an overall decrease in drug crimes during that time frame. For decades, advocates for criminal justice reform have blamed the “war on drugs” for the country’s disproportionate incarceration rates between white people and people of color.

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