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Incarceration Gap Between Blacks and Whites Widening

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Source: NPR

According to a recent report released by the Justice Department, cases involving youth incarceration have decreased in the US.

Data from 2015 illustrates a 54 percent drop in youth incarcerations for those under the age of 21.

However, despite little change in crime rates, advocates indicate that more black youths are being incarcerated compared to their white counterparts.

Black teenagers were five times more likely to become incarcerated compared to white teens, a trend many hope to reverse within the criminal justice system.

“It must be part of the decarceration strategy– not only to reduce the volume and the rate of incarceration but also to reduce racial disparities,” said Udi Ofer, the ACLU’s deputy national political director.

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