Updated: Jun 8
According to an analysis of arrest data voluntarily reported to the FBI by thousands of city and county police departments around the country, black people were arrested at a rate five times higher than white people in 800 jurisdictions in 2018, after accounting for the demographics of the cities and counties those police departments serve. Source
In 250 jurisdictions, black people were 10 times more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts. Source
This is not an isolated phenomenon. According to a report by The Sentencing Project, black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at nearly five times the rate of white Americans. The report found that one in 81 black Americans are incarcerated compared to one in 394 white Americans. Source
These statistics are alarming and highlight the systemic racism that exists within the criminal justice system. It is important that we continue to have conversations about these issues and work towards creating a more equitable society. A.I.
In 800 jurisdictions across the United States, black people were arrested at a rate five times higher than white people over a three-year period ending in 2018, according to an ABC analysis of data voluntarily reported to the FBI.