Wealth Doesn't Protect U.S. Blacks From Greater Chance of Incarceration

Friday, March 11, 2016
Sanford School of Public Policy

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, a statistical research associate at Duke University's Samuel DuBois Cook Center for Social Equity. In addition, blacks and Hispanics who had previously served jail time were significantly poorer than their white counterparts.

“Americans who experience incarceration come from a lower wealth background compared to those who do not,” Zaw said. “When it comes to wealth and incarceration outcomes, the disadvantages of being black or Hispanic compound the disadvantages of poverty.”

Read more: http://sanford.duke.edu/articles/wealth-doesn%E2%80%99t-protect-us-blacks-greater-chance-incarceration-prof-william-darity-jr