[News] Latest prison stats at a glance!
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Fri Jun 4 14:35:28 EDT 2004
Greetings all: A new website -- www.prisonsucks.com -- gives up a
comprehensive view of the current prison system and the latest statistics
broken down by "racial" groups. It's an alarming sight to say the
least. Check it out.
Incarceration is not an equal opportunity punishment
On December 31, 2002, there were 2,033,331 people in U.S. prisons and
jails. That's a rise of 3.7% during the 12 previous months, more than twice
the growth rate of the previous year. The average annual increase since
1995 has been 3.6%.
As of December 31, 2002, the U.S. incarceration rate was 701 per 100,000
residents. But when you break down the statistics you see that
incarceration is not an equal opportunity punishment.
U.S. incarceration rates by race, June 30, 2002:
Whites: 353 per 100,000
Latinos: 895 per 100,000
Blacks: 2,470 per 100,000
Gender is an important "filter" on the who goes to prison or jail, June 30,
Females: 113 per 100,000
Males: 1,309 per 100,000
Look at just the males by race, and the incarceration rates become even
more frightening, June 30, 2002:
White males: 649 per 100,000
Hispanic males: 1,740 per 100,000
Black males: 4,810 per 100,000
If you look at males aged 25-29 and by race, you can see what is going on
even clearer, June 30, 2002:
For White males ages 25-29: 1,615 per 100,000.
For Latino males ages 25-29: 4,339 per 100,000.
For Black males ages 25-29: 12,877 per 100,000. (That's
12.9% of Black men in their late 20s.)
Or you can make some international comparisons:
South Africa under Apartheid was internationally condemned as a racist
South Africa under apartheid (1993), Black adult men: 851
U.S. under George Bush (2002), Black adult men: 7,150 per
What does it mean that the leader of the "free world" locks up its Black
men at a rate 8.4 times higher than the most openly racist country in the
Statistics as of December 31, 2002 from Prisoners in 2002, Table 1 and page
2. Statistics as of June 30, 2002 from Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear
2002, Tables 1, 14 and 15; Calculation for rates by Race and for Black
adult men uses data from Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 2002 Tables 13
and 14 and Census preliminary Population estimates for July 1, 2002
provided by BJS; South Africa figures from Americans Behind Bars: The
International Use of Incarceration. All references to Blacks and Whites are
for what the Bureau of Justice Statistics and U.S. Census refer to as
"non-Hispanic Blacks" and "non-Hispanic Whites".)
View the above facts with charts or download the above as a 1 page PDF file
suitable for redistribution.
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