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October 3, 2013
Guess which state has the highest rate of incarceration of black men in the entire US?
Click through to see the somewhat surprising answer...This NPR story answers the question in the title of this post. The piece is headlined "Wisconsin Prisons Incarcerate Most Black Men In U.S.," and it starts this way:
The United States prison population is still the world's highest, with more than 1.5 million people behind bars. Black men are more likely to be sent to prison than white men, and often on drug offenses. A study from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin looked at that state's incarceration rates and found they were the highest in the country for black men.
The University of Wisconsin researchers say their analysis was truly eye-opening. They found that Wisconsin's incarceration rate for black men — 13 percent — was nearly double the country's rate.
"We were so far above everybody else. That just sort of stunned us when we saw that," says Professor John Pawasarat, who studied two decades of Wisconsin's prison and employment data.
Pawasarat found that nearly 1 in 8 black men of working age in Milwaukee County had served some time in the state's correctional facilities. At 13 percent, the rate was about 3 percentage points above Oklahoma's — the state with the second highest rate of incarceration for black males. (Gene Demby wrote about this same topic and noted that Wisconsin also has the highest rate of Native American men who are behind bars. One in 13 Indian men are incarcerated.)
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Is it just a matter of time before these imprisoned black men and Native American men in Wisconsin will finally rise up and say, "Enough is enough," to Wisconsin's racist and sexist criminal justice system?
Posted by: william delzell | Oct 4, 2013 9:44:39 AM
william delzell --
That's it!! Amerika's well-known hotbed of racism and sexism, Wisconsin, had better steel itself for the coming revolt of those whose behavior had NOT ONE LITTLE BIT to do with why they're in the slammer, and who, though innocent (if not indeed saintly), find themselves crushed by that cruel woe only because Amerika stinks, and Wisconsin stinks even worse.
I'm amazed it's taken us this long to find out!!!
Posted by: Bill Otis | Oct 4, 2013 10:26:34 AM
Those Krauts and Scandanavians are tough on everybody else.
Posted by: Liberty1st | Oct 4, 2013 1:55:57 PM