Why are there such stark racial and economic inequities in incarceration in the US?
Significant inequities in rates of mass incarceration in the US exist because of structural racism at all levels of the criminal legal system. This graph is based on individuals incarcerated in prisons in 2019.
Black-White inequities in incarceration vary across states. The deeper blue colors represent states with the highest Black-White inequities in incarceration.
Watch this TED talk by Bryan Stevenson, the author of Just Mercy: