Gov't. Stats on Race and Drug Offenses Called Into Queston
I meant to write about this last week and since I think it deserves wider attention and haven't seen any challenges to it, I'm going to now. Tremble the Devil has done some serious numbers-crunching on the latest Bureau of Justice Statistics claiming that the disparity between the numbers of African-American and caucasian drug offenders in prison has substantially decreased.
A report by The Sentencing Project uses data provided by the Bureau of Justice Statistics [chart here]to come to the cheery conclusion that over the six-year period from 1999-2005 there was a 21.6% drop in African-Americans serving state prison time for drug offenses, while the number of whites increased by 42.6%.
According to Tremble the Devil, the drop is due to a change in the methodology: BJS (The Bureau of Justice Statistics, an arm of DOJ) stopped counting mixed black-white prisoners. They just disappeared from the statistics. In a footnote, BJS acknowledges: [More...]
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