The findings of the study actually understate the impact of the problem. If all of the offenders who were processed through the system at any one time were counted, the proportion of black males subjected to criminal sanctions would be even higher.
The situation is expected to get worse as a result of the "war on drugs" launched by the Bush administration. In Florida, for example, blacks make up 73% of all drug offenders, but they make up only 54% of prison admissions for other types of offenses.
To get a copy of the report: "Young Black Men and the Criminal Justice System: A Growing National Problem," write to:
The Sentencing Project
918 F Street NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20004
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