Help fuel the movement Stark racial disparities are a defining characteristic of our prison system, but all too often the necessary data doesn't exist to prove it. The Prison Policy Initiative excels at finding creative solutions to data problems like this. Will you help us find the facts and support the movement toward a more just society?

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Graph of racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system

Data Source: Statistics as of June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2010 from Correctional Population in the United States and from U.S. Census Summary File 1. (Graph: Peter Wagner, 2012)

This graph originally appeared in Incarceration is not an equal opportunity punishment.

For incarceration rates by race/ethnicity in each of the 50 states, see our report, Breaking Down Mass Incarceration in the 2010 Census: State-by-State Incarceration Rates by Race/Ethnicity.

See our other research for the big national picture on mass incarceration or see the the graphs and other research we've produced about incarceration in your state.

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