Race, drugs and the changing face of the prison population

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A new report from The Sentencing Project reveals a changing demographic of prisoners who are incarcerated for drug charges. The report shows that for the first time in 25 years, since the start of the so-called War on Drugs, incarceration rates for black men has dropped. The report shows that over a six-year period, the rate of black men in jail on drug-related charges dropped 21% while the imprisonment for white men spiked by 42%. Is this racial disparity a sign of the changing prison demographic? To guide us through what these numbers mean, The Takeaway is joined by David Fathi, director of Human Rights Watch in the U.S.

Read The Sentencing Project's report, The Changing Racial Dynamics of the War on Drugs.


David Fathi


Jen Poyant and Lynn Sherr

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