Blacks in the United States are imprisoned at more than five times the rate of whites, and Hispanics are locked up at nearly double the white rate, says a study by a criminal justice policy group.
The report by the Sentencing Project, a Washington-based think tank, found that states in the Midwest and
Northeast have the greatest black-to-white disparity in incarceration. Iowa had the widest disparity in the nation,
imprisoning blacks at more than 13 times the rate of whites.
Such figures "reflect a failure of social and economic interventions to address crime effectively," as well as
racial bias in the justice system, said Marc Mauer, the group's executive director.
Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut and Wisconsin incarcerated blacks at more than 10 times the rate of whites,
the group said, citing Justice Department statistics from 2005.
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