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Intended and Unintended Consequences: State Racial Disparities in Imprisonment

January 01, 1997
Twelve states and the District of Columbia incarcerate African Americans at ten times the rate of whites.

While it is well known that national rates of imprisonment for African Americans are higher than for other groups, substantial variation exists among the states in the degree of racial disparity in the use of incarceration. In addition, the increasing rate of incarceration of African American males is now creating a variety of unintended consequences of great concern.

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