Racial Disparity News
May 2, 2013 (The New Republic)
Why states should not pass new mandatory minimums for firearm possession
Reporter Daniel Denvir writes that “Expanded background checks may have been defeated last month in the Senate, but one area of bipartisan gun-control consensus is gathering steam in American cities: tougher sentences, including mandatory minimums, for illegal firearm possession.
Denvir continues that politicians know the policies “are ineffective but continue to vote for them lest they be painted as soft on crime. Indeed, research demonstrates that mandatory minimums create unequal and sometimes unjust sentences. They have also helped make the United States the most incarcerated nation on earth.
April 30, 2013 (The Sentencing Project)
Race and Justice News
Legislation: Racial Impact Statement Legislation Advances
April 29, 2013 (Truth-out.org)
How the Prison-Industrial Complex Destroys Lives
Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, was interviewed by Mark Karlin of Truth-out.org in a wide-ranging conversation about how the United States became the world leader in incarceration and Mauer’s new book: "Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling."
The conversation ranged from how people who are incarcerated had become “commodities,” the connection between incarceration the drug war and race, the role of the rapidly emerging for-profit prison industry in "filling beds," and how substantial funds spent on incarceration could be redirected to the communities most heavily affected by mass incarceration.
April 29, 2013 (GoLocalWorcester)
Massachusetts Hispanic Incarceration Rate 4th Highest in US
Statistics from The Sentencing Project reveal that Massachusetts incarcerates Hispanics at the fourth highest rate in the country.
According to data from the organization, Massachusetts imprisons Hispanic individuals at a rate of 1,229 per 100,000 residents – a ratio of six to one when compared to the rate at which whites are imprisoned. Nationally, this figure is 1.8-to-one.
Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, said that many things come into play when deciphering these statistics, but the most significant have been policies from the “war on drugs” which sent U.S. incarceration rates skyrocketing over the past 30 years.
April 26, 2013 (UrbanMilwaukee.com)
No Country for Black Men
“Murphy’s Law” at UrbanMilwaukee.com covers a new report by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment & Training Institute (ETI) that found that more than half of all African American males in their 30s and 40s in Milwaukee County have served time in state prisons.
“The numbers are truly shocking,” says Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project.
No state comes close to Wisconsin in imprisoning black males. The study found that 12.8 percent, or 1 in 8 of African American working age men, were incarcerated. That rate is 32 percent higher than the second worst state, Oklahoma, and nearly double the national average of 6.7 percent (or 1 in 15).