US Incarceration Rates May Be Explained By Race

By John "Birdman" Bryant


The Justice Policy Institute reported last December that America's prison and jail population would top two million on February 15th, 2000. The JPI study "The Punishing Decade: Prison and Jail Estimates at the Millennium" reports:

* The US has the world's highest incarceration rate, surpassing Russia and China, and the world's largest prison population. With less than five percent of the world's population, the US now has fully one-quarter of the world's prisoners.

* There are six times as many Americans behind bars as are imprisoned in the 12 countries making up the entire European Union, even though those countries have 100 million more citizens than the US.

These figures may have less to do with imprisonment mania than they do to the presence of a heterogeneous population (blacks and hispanics) which is both crime-prone and has been taught to hate the core white population.



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