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Usually the news concerning African Americans and the U.S. prison population is disheartening. But according to a new report by The Sentencing Project, the percentage of African-American women compared to white women behind bars dropped nearly in half between 2000 and 2009. The Sentencing Project is a nonprofit organization that works for fair sentencing and prison reform.
“The good news in this report is that [though these are] problems that many people viewed as seemingly intractable, it appears that we can make progress as a society on those issues,” Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project, told The Huffington Post.
According to the “The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women’s Incarceration” report, which is based on data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2000, black women were incarcerated in state and federal prisons at six times the rate of white women. But a little less than a decade later — in 2009 — that ratio had declined by 53 percent. This drastic decrease was, says the report, a result of both declining incarceration of African-American women and rising incarceration of white women.
There were reduced incarceration and arrests among African-American women who committed drug offenses and violent crimes. “At the same time, the project found rising imprisonment of white women for similar misconduct,” writes HuffPo. “The rates are far too high for any society, but nonetheless the numbers are going in the right direction,” Mauer explained to HuffPo.
In general, according to the Sentencing Project more whites–men and women–are in prison and it may be due to meth drug arrests. According to the New York Times (via Business Insider), the report also found a major spike in incarceration rates for white men and women. The rate for white women increased 47.1 percent for white women and 8.5 percent for white men. Possible contributors to this shift, Mauer said, are decreasing arrest rates for blacks, “the rising number of whites and Hispanics serving mandatory sentences for methamphetamine abuse, and socioeconomic shifts that have disproportionately affected white women.”
Overall, women currently constitute seven percent of the prison population, according to the study.
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