Wealth doesn't protect US blacks from greater chance of incarceration

Thursday, March 10, 2016
e) Science News

The chances of incarceration in America are always higher for blacks than for whites or Hispanics, regardless of their level of wealth, according to a new study led by Khaing Zaw of Duke University in the U.S. In addition, blacks and Hispanics who had previously served jail time were significantly poorer than their white counterparts. The study corroborates previous research that describes the close connection between race, prison time and wealth, both before and after incarceration. It is part of the special March issue of Springer's journal Race and Social Problems on race and wealth which is freely available online.

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