A new study by a UC-Berkeley graduate student has surprised a number of experts in the criminology field. Its main finding: Private prisons are packed with young Black men and women.
The concept of racial disparities behind bars is not exactly a new one. Study after report after working group has found a version of the same conclusion. The Sentencing Project estimates 1 in 3 Black men will spend time behind bars during their lifetime, compared with 1 in 6 Latino men and 1 in 17 White men. Arrest rates for marijuana possession are four times as high for Black Americans as for White. Black men spend an average of 20 percent longer behind bars in federal prisons than their White peers for the same crimes. - Study