White incarceration rates increase, Black rates decline

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The Sentencing Project

 

The period 2000 to 2010 was one in which prison expansion began stabilizing and, nationally, state prison populations declined for the first time in nearly 40 years. But the trends of the last decade were experienced differently by members of different racial and ethnic groups. A new publication by The Sentencing Project, The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women’s Incarceration, highlights data showing an upward trend in incarceration rates for white men and women during the last decade, and a downturn in rates for black men and women. Among Hispanics, men’s rates declined slightly while women’s rates rose substantially. These trends notwithstanding, people of color continue to be incarcerated at markedly higher rates than whites. For instance, despite a 31% decrease in the incarceration rates of black women and 47% increase in incarceration rates of white women, black women are still incarcerated at 2.8 times the rate of white women.

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