Incarceration

 

60% of African American male high school dropouts will end up in prison.

One in three black men will have a prison record during his lifetime.

Black men are six times more likely to go to prison than white men.

A study conducted in 2000 by the Justice Policy Institute, a Washington-based research group, found that there were more black men in jail or prison (1,000,000) than enrolled in colleges or universities (603,032).

21.4 percent of African American males will be incarcerated by age 30 versus 1.4 percent of white males.

US Census Bureau, as reported on “Black in America,” CNN * 7/23/08

Black males are ten times more likely to enter a state or federal prison by age 20 than whites of similar age.

In 1997, 2,675,786 black Americans were arrested, 33% of the national total for that year.

Those arrests translated into a 1999 statistic, which showed that 49% of the nation’s prison inmates were African American, even though they accounted for just 16% of the population.

US Department of Justice * 1997

60% of African American males are in prison, despite African American males accounting for just 5% of the US population.

Judge Mathis on “News Flash around 106 and Park,” BET * 2/17/10

African American babies have a one in four chance of going to prison during their lifetime.

“Prison Song” * 2001

One out of every three African American men, ages 18 to 25, will go to jail.

Bill Cosby on “Oprah” * 3/6/07