Ending both mass incarceration and the ineffectiveness of our current criminal legal system cannot be achieved without addressing the rampant racism that supports it.
Get the facts on rates of incarceration for white, Black and Latinx Americans in our report, The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons.
White Supremacy’s Hold on Criminal Legal Institutions
The brutal killing of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis police officers has underscored the urgent need for public safety approaches that protect the humanity and dignity of Black Americans. Reducing criminal legal contact at every stage is a key step towards achieving racial equity. Read more race and justice news in our latest newsletter.
In an era of declining youth incarceration, Black, Latinx and American Indian youth are still overwhelmingly more likely to be held in custody than their white peers.
Black Disparities in Youth Incarceration
Black youth are more than four times as likely to be detained or committed in juvenile facilities as their white peers.
If you want people to change and you want public safety to be paramount, we have to change the way we deal with people who are incarcerated or previously incarcerated and give them opportunities to be successful.
Challenging Racial Disparities to End Mass Incarceration
True progress towards a racially just system requires an understanding of the variation in racial and ethnic inequities in imprisonment across states and the policies and day-to-day practices that drive these inequities.
Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at nearly five times the rate of whites. Latinx people are 1.3 times as likely to be incarcerated as non-Latinx whites.Learn more
The EQUAL Act
The U.S. Senate has the opportunity to pass the Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law (EQUAL) Act and significantly improve fairness, proportionality, and racial justice within the federal criminal legal system. The EQUAL Act would finally end the federal sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenses. Take action now and urge your senators to pass this important piece of legislation.