Racial Disparities in Jail Incarceration Rates Narrow, Though Large Disparities Still Persist
February 26, 2018 | Grantee Publications | Criminal Justice
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A report by the Vera Institute of Justice finds that while black people are still overwhelmingly overrepresented in local jails nationally, black incarceration is falling while white incarceration is on the rise. The report shows that between 2005 and 2013, the black jail incarceration rate declined by 20 percent nationally, as did the number of black people in jails. In contrast, the jailed white population doubled between 1990 and 2013. The report, supported by MacArthur's Safety and Justice Challenge, seeks to fill the considerable information gap about racial disparities in local justice systems across the country.  

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