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March 25, 2021

Notable new briefings from the Prison Policy Initiative

Regular readers are familiar with my posts highlighting the cutting-edge research and analysis by the Prison Policy Initiative, and in recent weeks PPI has a bunch of notable new "briefings" on pressing and persistent prison and jail issues:

Visualizing the unequal treatment of LGBTQ people in the criminal justice system; LGBTQ people are overrepresented at every stage of our criminal justice system, from juvenile justice to parole.

New data on jail populations: The good, the bad, and the ugly; A new BJS report shows that U.S. jails reduced their populations by 25% in the first few months of the pandemic. But even then, the U.S. was still putting more people in local jails than most countries incarcerate in total.

Research roundup: Violent crimes against Black and Latinx people receive less coverage and less justice; We explain the research showing that violent crimes against Black Americans — especially those in poverty — are less likely to be cleared by police and less likely to receive news coverage than similar crimes against white people.

It’s all about the incentives: Why a call home from a jail in New York State can cost 7 times more than the same call from the state’s prisons

March 25, 2021 at 06:28 PM | Permalink


". . . violent Black Americans — especially those in poverty — are less likely to be cleared by police . . ."

Bingo. This is a big problem. But violent crimes against black Americans are frequently committed by other black Americans. So clearing these crimes, which should be done, is going to lead someone to report an "increasing racial disparity in punishment", and to accuse the justice system of being "racist" for putting more black Americans in prison.

I think those consequences should be lived with. A question for whoever may read this -- do you agree?

Posted by: William C Jockusch | Mar 26, 2021 10:47:15 AM

Argh. Previous post missed part of the quote. This is what I intended to highlight at the top:

"violent crimes against Black Americans — especially those in poverty — are less likely to be cleared by police"

Posted by: William C Jockusch | Mar 26, 2021 10:48:14 AM

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