Racial Disparities in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

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U.S. prisons and jails are made up predominantly of African-American males: more than 60 percent of incarcerated populations are racial and ethnic minorities. According to the Sentencing Project, for Black males in their 30s, 1 in every 10 is in prison or jail on any given day.

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