Decades of Disparity: Drug Arrests and Race in the United States

New drug arrest data shows the persistence and extent of racial disparities in the “War on Drugs” in the United States.

http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/us0309web_1.pdf

The report indicates dramatic racial disproportions among incarcerated drug offenders.  It states, “Since blacks are more likely to be arrested than whites on drug charges, they are more likely to acquire the convictions that ultimately lead to higher rates of incarceration.” The report also shows that although data indicates that blacks represent about one-third of drug arrests, they constitute 46 percent of persons convicted of drug felonies in state courts.

Among black defendants convicted of drug offenses, 71 percent received sentences to incarceration in contrast to 63 percent of convicted white drug offenders.

My opinion?  The “War on Drugs” should rename itself as the  “War on Race.”  The data speaks for itself.

End the War on Drugs.  Legalize marijuana.  Stop institutional racism.