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According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics "regarding the prison population in the US, the number of black inmates has DECLINED by about 18,400 while the number of white prisoners has INCREASED by about 57,200 between the years of 2000-2008."
"Decrease in the number of sentenced black
offenders has been associated with slower
growth in the size of the state and federal prison
populations. The number of imprisoned blacks
has declined by about 18,400 since yearend 2000,
reducing the total number of blacks in prison to
about 591,900 at yearend 2008 (table 5). Conversely,
the numbers of sentenced white and Hispanic
offenders have increased since 2000. the
number of imprisoned whites has risen by
57,200 since 2000 to reach 528,200 at yearend
2008. The total number of imprisoned Hispanics
rose by 96,200 to reach 313,100 during this
That means, there are nearly 600,000 black people in prison and nearly 530,000 white people.
That is absolutely startling considering black people only make up a tiny fraction of the population and white people make up the majority.
That isn't exactly a statistic you'd want to tout, by the way.