Wisconsin has a black prison rate that is the highest in the country and twice the national average, according to a new report.
Last week, Washington, DC-based research firm The Censorship Project, which advocates for prison reductions in the United States, released a report that revealed that one in 36 African American adults in the state is currently in prison. By comparison, the study further found that nationwide, 81 out of every 100,000 black adults spend time in a state prison.
Despite the fact that blacks make up only 1 percent of the state’s population, they are incarcerated at 2 percent of Wisconsin’s prison population and 12 times more than whites.
In addition, Latino people are being jailed at twice the rate of whites in Wisconsin, which is more than the national average of 1.3 Latino people per white man.
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Clarence Nicholas, The president of Milwaukee’s NAACP chapter, said the numbers reflect racism over the centuries that has created difficulties in housing, education, employment and more. He added that he was “disappointed but not surprised” by the results of the report. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
“The statistics aren’t amazing, but they’re deeply troubling.” Adam Plotkin“We know that Wisconsin has been a leader of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system for at least 20 years,” a legal contact for the state Public Defender’s Office told the newspaper.
The report found that twelve states have prison populations that are more than half black, including Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
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