Data shows affluent black kids are more likely to be incarcerated than poor white kids

Friday, April 29, 2016
Equal Justice Initiative

A new study examining the links between race, wealth, and incarceration found that, while poor youth of all races were more likely than wealthy kids to go to prison, the likelihood of incarceration was higher for African Americans at every level of wealth compared to white youth.  Study co-author William Darity of Duke said that these findings "demonstrate that wealth does not provide the same degree of insulation from imprisonment for black and Hispanic males as it does for white males."

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