Dramatic Rise in Number of Black Males in Prison

The Justice Policy Institute has released a new study that finds a dramatic rise in black male inmates since 1980.

"The number of black men in jail or prison has grown fivefold in the past 20 years, to the point where more black men are behind bars than are enrolled in colleges or universities..."

"The increase in the black male prison population coincides with the prison construction boom that began 1980. At that time, three times more black men were enrolled in institutions of higher learning than behind bars, the study said. "

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