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Black women have become accustomed to hearing negative statistics about their finances, health and marriageability, but there is one statistic that has improved dramatically. According to recent reports, Black women are going to jail much less, while white women’s incarceration rates have skyrocketed.

The Washington Post reports:

The U.S. imprisonment rate has been declining for almost a decade, yet the number of women in prison at the end of 2015 (about 105,000) is virtually identical to what it was when the de-incarceration trend began. The size of the female inmate population is being maintained by surging imprisonment among women of a particular race: whites.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics allow a 30-year perspective on the imprisonment rates of black and white women. In 1985, the rate for white women was extremely low (10 per 100,000), whereas for black women it was much higher (68 per 100,000). In the ensuing 15 years both groups experienced sharply increased imprisonment rates, but the burden was particularly acute for black women, who at a rate of just over 205 per 100,000 were imprisoned in 2000 at an unprecedented rate.

Black women remain imprisoned at a higher rate than white women, but the gap has shrunk from about 7 to 1 in 1985 to about 2 to 1 in 2015. Because whites are a much larger population, the increase in white female imprisonment has easily refilled the prison cells that black women have been vacating. At the end of 2015, white women (52,700) outnumbered black women (21,700) in prison by about 2.5 to 1.

This stunning change in the racial makeup of the female inmate population mirrors and may well be at least partially caused by changes on other indicators of economic and physical well-being. Over recent decades, life expectancy among women without a college education has increased for blacks but decreased for whites.

Problems with alcohol — the drug most closely linked to arrests, violence and incarceration — are up among white women but down among black women. White woman have also been disproportionately affected by the methamphetamine and prescription opioid epidemics, both of which raise the risk of contact with the criminal justice system.

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22 thoughts on “White Women Outpace Black Women In Incarceration Rates

  1. Honestly on said:

    This is no revelation cave n!@@ers commit the majority of the crimes in this flawed nation. They should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

  2. Dr. Larry on said:

    Sorry Peeps, just getting around to catching up on the news. Got one of those job things to tend to during the day. In that working world of higher education, there is a very famous saying, “There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Simply put, you can spin statistics any way you want to present your desired outcome. Without going into regression analysis on the data, I can see one major flaw in the interpretation here on BAW. Not surprising. You peeps are assuming that the drop in incarceration for black women is directly related to a change in behavior. In the last 12 years, that they have become less violent, more rational, reduced drug use, fight less,….. in short, have reduced anti-social behavior that in the past has led to incarceration. Right? Black women ain’t that bad, because the data says that. Or at least, that’s what you want the data to mean. You guys with me so far? I’ll let you digest this, curse at me, decry your president….whatever makes you feel good. Then I’ll continue….

    • Larry: Annnnnd Larry are U assuming that ALL Black people on BAW, and Black people in general think alike???…NOT!! You referred to “Black women.” Uuuuum I’m wondering are U referring to SOME Black women, all Black women, Bogiue Black women, Hood Black women, etc etc. Please….U don’t have to answer (bc tons of other people are busy working….just like U). In short……crime is crime, is crime; incarceration is incarceration is incarceration no matter who it relates to Black, Brown, White, or Yellow women it’s a travesty,

  3. Wow, who knew? @ fake ass dr Larry think black women are the scum of the earth. All I hear is crickets from his fake ignorant ass, now.

    • Larry is angry he came from the African people and is not beautiful as the indigenous people of the world. He should bow down and kiss the next black mans…foot/feet and be thankful for without them; there would be no him.

      • How come you couldn’t for the last eight years? I thought your false idol saved the world. Perhaps now with President Donald J Trump, the economy will grow at a rate greater than the dismal 1.9% under Obama. New full-time jobs will be created.

    • Now? Do you think this is the first time white women have been in jail? I don’t care who or what you are, break the law, go to jail.

      • President Obama was a just Fair man he did no promise anything to blacks only. Unlike this ridiculous excuse for a president we have now with all his racists cabinet members. It is not going to work they way they want. There are plenty of people white and black and all people that know what they are about.

      • Chris: You sound JEALOUS/ENVIOUS of President Obama. Was he a perfect president….H to the nah. In fact none of the past presidents were perfect (and intelligent people already know this). And, what’s with the idol….title?!? That reference is ridiculous. As for jobs……yes anyone with an ounce of empathy hopes jobs will be created. Sounds like you need one LOL It also sounds like you, and the rest of the jobs pundits need to point out that Presidents don’t send jobs overseas. Greedy Business owners, and Greedy Stockholders do. Get a clue!!

      • Chris: While you’re at it tell Trump, and Ivanka to STOP having their clothing lines made overseas. I vaguely remember Trump saying something about he couldn’t find anyone in this country to manufacture his line. Ooooooook….so you’re a Billionaire (??? we don’t really know bc we haven’t seen his taxes) so why didn’t you start a manufacturing company….especially since you love your country soooo much, and WANT TO MAKE IT GREAT AGAIN!! And, while you’re at it….also tell Trump to STOP HIRING FOREIGNERS to work at Mar-a-Logo (bc he claims he can’t find anyone in the US that will work there) SMDH!! A friend said to me……he can’t find anyone to work there bc the pay is probably so ‘D’ low. I think it’s BS when he says part of the reason he can’t find anyone to do work there is bc it’s seasonal work. My take is he’s a very very visual person when it comes to looks, and I sincerely think that he wants a CERTAIN ETHNIC LOOK for those that work there. Hey Donald……you’re not such a looker yourself. In my opinion You Don’t have the GQ look.

      • Dr. Larry on said:

        Presidents don’t send jobs overseas. Duh. No, they enact environmental, financial, and political regulations that make it more attractive, or force “Greedy business owners” to move their operations overseas to remain competitive. You need to get a clue Terrie, cause’ I’m about tired of putting you back between the white lines.

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