Racial disparity in sentencing is another of our nation's dirty little secrets. On this day we should pledge to hold those accountable who are responsible for the policies and practices that have led us to this place. The Sentencing Project has complied reports and stories that give us a broader look at how disparity works in our courtrooms and neighborhoods nationwide.
More than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For Black males in their twenties, 1 in every 8 is in prison or jail on any given day. These trends have been intensified by the disproportionate impact of the "war on drugs," in which three-fourths of all persons in prison for drug offenses are people of color.
The Sentencing Project