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African American Incarceration Rates Falling, Report Finds

African American Incarceration Rates Falling, Report Finds
By Nicole Flatow on Mar 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

Reversing a longtime trend, the incarceration rate for African Americans declined significantly over the last ten years, particularly among women. As the New York Times highlights, the drop is a noteworthy shift in the stark racial disparities that “have long characterized” both the prison and incarceration systems. Overall, however, U.S. incarceration rates remain the highest rate in the world, and the proportion of African Americans who are locked up — particularly men from certain demographics – remains shockingly high. In a new study by The Sentencing Project, Mark Mauer provides the take-aways:

Racial/ethnic disparities in U.S. incarceration remain substantial – In 2009, African Americans and Latinos constituted more than 60% of imprisoned offenders. African American males were incarcerated in state and federal prisons at 6.4 times the rate of non-Hispanic white males, and Hispanic males at 2.4 times the rate of non-Hispanic whites.

Declining rate of incarceration for African Americans – From 2000 to 2009 the rate of incarceration in state and federal prisons declined 9.8% for black men and 30.7% for black women.

Rates of incarceration for whites and Latinos generally rising – Incarceration rates for white men and women rose 8.5% and 47.1%, respectively from 2000 to 2009. For Hispanics the men’s rate declined by 2.2% while the women’s rate rose by 23.3%.

Dramatic shift in racial disparities among women – In 2000 black women were incarcerated in state and federal prisons at six times the rate of white women. By 2009 that ratio had declined by 53%, to 2.8:1. This shift was a result of both declining incarceration of African American women and rising incarceration of white women. The disparity between Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women declined by 16.7% during this period.


http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Economic_Mobility/Collateral%20Costs%20FINAL.pdf?n=5996
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/03/01/1656251/african-american-incarceration-rates-drop-report-finds/

Drug testing of lawmakers added to Kansas bill

Source: Kansas City Star

Drug testing of lawmakers added to Kansas bill
February 28
BY BRENT D. WISTROM
Eagle Topeka bureau

TOPEKA — State lawmakers may have to take a test to prove they’re not on drugs.


That’s because senators tentatively agreed Wednesday to add lawmakers to a bill that requires drug tests of any welfare or unemployment recipient who state officials reasonably suspect is using illegal substances.

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” said Wichita Democratic Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, who opposed testing the poor and unemployed but wanted to include lawmakers if the idea were to pass.

Lawmakers, however, shot down another proposal that would have required drug tests of businesspeople controlling companies that get economic incentives from the state.



Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/27/4091117/drug-testing-of-lawmakers-added.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

A Picture That Should Make Scalia Hang His Head In Shame

JUSTICE SCALIA: The Voting Rights Act Is A 'Racial Entitlement'
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/scalia-voting-rights-act-racial-entitlement-supreme-court-vra-2013-2#ixzz2MFSFOyCq


John Lewis, future congressman, after having his skull fractured
by police in a protest in Selma, Alabama, March 1965.


A week and a day after Bloody Sunday, President Johnson appeared before a joint session of Congress to demand passage of the Voting Rights Act, empowering the federal government to enforce the voting rights of all Americans. The passage of the voting rights act finally brought the federal government into the struggle, squarely on the side of the disenfranchised voters of the South.


http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/lew0bio-1
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