Daily Bread for 10.17.21: Wisconsin Rate of Black Adult Imprisonment Highest in Nation

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Sunday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 66.  Sunrise is 7:11 AM and sunset 6:07 PM for 10h 56m 00s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 90.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1931, Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion.

Clare Amari reports Wisconsin imprisons 1 in 36 Black adults. No state has a higher rate (A new Sentencing Project report confirms the state’s deep racial disparities in incarceration, which one advocate calls ‘a slap in the face’):

Wisconsin imprisons Black residents at a higher rate than any other state in the country, a new report found, highlighting long-standing and deep disparities in the state’s criminal justice system.

The report, authored by The Sentencing Project and released on Wednesday, used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics to calculate states’ rates of imprisoning white residents and people of color.

A “staggering” one of every 36 Black Wisconsin adults is in prison, the report found. Black people comprise 42 percent of the Wisconsin prison population, but just 6 percent of the state’s population.

The analysis also examined the disparity in imprisonment rates between Black and white people. Nationwide, Black Americans are imprisoned at nearly five times the rate of white Americans, the report found, and in Wisconsin, the ratio is even higher: Nearly 12 times the rate.

The report cites pervasive racial bias across the criminal justice system. It notes that Black Americans face disproportionate arrest rates and factors that can lead to longer prison terms — including a greater likelihood of being charged as a habitual offender and more time spent in jail awaiting trial.


A 2020 study by the Wisconsin Court System found that men of color, particularly Black and Native American men, are significantly more likely to receive prison sentences than their white counterparts — 28 percent and 34 percent more likely, respectively, with white men 21 percent less likely than non-white men to receive a prison sentence.

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