COVID pandemic increased racial disparities in US prison populations

A public data set on the size and racial composition of US prison populations has been generated. Its analysis indicates how biases in sentencing lengths shape prisons’ racial make-up in the United States.

Fifty years ago, the United States initiated an unprecedented increase in its prison population that disproportionately affected its racial minorities (see ). From 2009, numbers of incarcerated people began to stabilize and modestly decline 1 . Writing in Nature , Klein et al. 2 report that conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic led to a dramatic reduction in prison populations in every state. The authors find […]

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