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The Vortex: Blacks Incarcerated at Higher Rates for Same Drug Use Rates

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  • William Jordan
    The Vortex A Justice Policy Institute Report http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/07-12_REP_Vortex_AC-DP.pdf The Vortex A Justice Policy Institute Report
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      The Vortex
      A Justice Policy Institute Report

      http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/07-12_REP_Vortex_AC-DP.pdf

      The Vortex
      A Justice Policy Institute Report (Dec 2007)
      by Sam Smith, Progress Review

      ACCORDING TO THE Department of Health & Human Services, the highest rate of
      illicit drug use is among persons reporting two or more races (13%).
      American Indians are second at 12% following by Blacks at 8.7%, Whites at
      8.1% and Latinos at 7.2 percent. Asians had the lowest rate at 3.1%.

      Bearing this in mind, now consider some facts from the Justice Police
      Institute.

      In white liberal Montgomery County, MD, blacks are incarcerated on drug
      charges 22 times as often as are whites while in neighboring Prince Georges
      County, where blacks comprise two-thirds of the population, the discrepancy
      is four times.

      Here are the number of times more frequently blacks are incarcerated on drug
      charges than is the case for whites in other places around the country:

      24 - Waukesha County, WI
      27 - Montgomery County, PA
      9 - Baltimore, MD
      37 - Westchester County, NY
      23 - King County, WA
      17 - Los Angeles, CA
      5 - NYC, NY
      2 - Philadelphia, PA
      15 - Milwaukee, WI
      6 - Denver, CO
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