(ReliableNews.org) – The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report of prisoners incarcerated in correctional facilities showing sharp declines in prison rates for blacks and Hispanics. The report detailed admissions, releases, and other incarceration data from 2009 to 2019.
Released on October 22, the report found that blacks’ incarceration rate hit its lowest level in more than 30 years, with nearly 1,100 blacks sentenced out of every 100,000 black residents. Hispanics were sentenced at the rate of about 500 per 100,000 and whites at slightly more than 200 per 100,000.
— BJS STATS (@BJSgov) October 22, 2020
Looking at the decade spanning from 2009 to 2019, incarceration rates decreased with a 29% drop among black inmates, 24.4% with Hispanics, and 12.5% for whites.
The report did not speculate on the possible reasons for the downward trend in incarcerations. However, 2019 saw a slight downward spike in incarceration rate over the prior year, possibly indicating a potential connection to the First Step Act.
Signed into law on December 21, 2018, by President Donald Trump, the act was designed to “improve criminal justice outcomes” and “reduce” the federal prison population’s size.
As Donald Trump stated during the final presidential debate, no president since Abraham Lincoln has done more for blacks than he has. These numbers certainly support that claim.
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