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New Racial Disparity Report

The Justice Policy Institute will be releasing a study today “detailing the different treatment white and black drug offenders receive under the criminal justice system.”
It appears to be explosive from the first reports to hit the news…
According to the report, for drug offenses in San Francisco…

whites are incarcerated at a rate of 35 per 100,000 white people, while blacks are incarcerated at a rate of 1,013 per 100,000 black people

In Chicago

African-Americans in Cook County were imprisoned for drug offenses at 58 times the rate of white peopleÖthe seventh-worst racial disparity among large counties nationwide.

Also

The institute found that nationwide, African-Americans are imprisoned for drugs at 10 times the rate of white people.

The top major counties in racial disparity?

Forsyth County, NC
Onondaga County, NY
Dane County, WI

This report may add some critical material to some of the sessions at this week’s international Drug Policy Conference, where one major focus will be on African-Americans and drug policy.