Study: Black Incarceration In Oregon Outpaces Nation’s Level

A recent study by The Sentencing Project reveals that Oregon is one of the top states in sentencing black men every year.

According to the report, Oregon is ranked seventh in the incarceration of Black people. For every 100,000 residents, the state sentences 2061 Black men, while the average national incarceration rate is 1408 per 100,000 residents.

Researchers analyzed an annual National Prisoner data obtained from the U.S Census and U.S Bureau of Justice Statistics. The study shows that 9 percent of the Oregon state’s prison population is Black, even though only two percents of the state citizens are Black.

Benny Williams, President of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Salem-Keizer branch, said, “To hear that Oregon ranks number seven — that’s very disturbing.” Williams said he wasn’t surprised by the report.

Marion County District Attorney Walter Beglau mentioned in an interview that the district attorneys contribute greatly to racial disparities in the justice system.

The local NAACP president Benny Williams said, “We’re seeing a lot more young people being arrested and being locked up.” This affects communities of color, especially African-Americans. Children are being deprived of their parents, and those who got released find it difficult to get a job.

Dr. Kesley Antle of the Brennan Center for Justice explained that the reason why Blacks are imprisoned at disproportionate rates is because of the country’s incarceration policies made 2 to 3 decades ago, and also the mandatory minimum sentence laws.

The disproportionate incarceration rate of people of color shows that the country is a billion miles away from handling racial issues. If citizens have proven to be racist in the regime of a Black president, how worse will it be in the near future?

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