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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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