10 Mind blowing facts that show the racism in US incarceration


The following data was compiled by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

72% of the illicit drug users in the United States are white

13.5% of the illicit drug users in the United States are black

37% of all those arrested for drug violations in the United States are black

60% of all those held in state prisons for drug violations are black

81% of all those held in federal prisons for drug violations are black

Black people in the United States are serving an average of 6 years in prison for the exact same drug crimes that white people serve an average of 4 years in prison for

Of all drug arrests in the United States, 33% of white people convicted will be sentenced to prison, while 51% of black people convicted will be sentenced to prison

We incarcerate 943 white men per 100,000

South African Apartheid 1993 – 851 black men incarcerated per 100,000

United States Drug War 2008 – 6,667 black men incarcerated per 100,000

Watch LEAP co-founder Jack Cole present this data and more:

 

 

 

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