I need your help. I co-founded the Prison Policy Initiative to put the problem of mass incarceration — and the perverse incentives that fuel it — on the national agenda. Over the last 16 years, our campaigns have protected our democracy from the prison system and protected the poorest families in this country from the predatory prison telephone industry. Our reports untangle the statistics and recruit new allies.

But now, more than ever, we need your help to put data & compassion into the conversation.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate
North Carolina

In North Carolina, Blacks are incarcerated at 6 times the rate of Whites.
Graph showing that in North Carolina 184 whites per 100,000 in prison, but 1,121 blacks per 100,000

North Carolina is a majority-White state, but the prisons are majority-Black.
Graph showing that in North Carolina is 72% White, 22% Black, NC prisons are 33% white 61% black

Another view of the same facts: Blacks make up only 22% of the state, but 61% of the prison population.
Graph  showing that in North Carolina is 72% White, 22% Black, NC prisons are 33% white 61% black

All facts as of July 31, 2003.



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