The African-American Male: A Distressing Rap Sheet National Data

The African-American Male: A Distressing Rap Sheet National Data

African Americans make up just 12 percent of the U.S. population but comprise 47 percent of the country’s prison population.

As of June 2002, the total number of individuals incarcerated was 2,019,234. This population consisted of 818,900 African-American males, 637,700 White males, and 68,000 Hispanic males.

The incarceration rate for African- American males was 4,810 per 100,000 compared to 649 per 100,000 White males.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, for every 100,000 people in the U.S., 3,535 African Americans were incarcerated, compared to 462 Whites and 1,177 Hispanics.

One in 10 African-American males between the ages of 25 and 29 were incarcerated in state or federal prisons by the end of 2001.

In the U.S., approximately one in four (23 percent) African-American males ages 20-29 are either in prison, jail, on probation or parole on any given day.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, nearly one in three African- American males born in 2001 will go to prison during his lifetime.

In 2001, 16.6 percent of African-American males had been incarcerated at some point in their life, compared to 2.6 percent of White males and 7.7 percent of Hispanic males. 
Young African-American males are twice as likely to die and 27 times more likely to go to jail as young White males.

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