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Report: 1 in 100 Americans in Prison


When I saw this headline — 1 in 100 Adults Now in Prison — I just knew there would be bad news for black folks, too. And sure enough:

"While one in 30 men between the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars, for black males in that age group the figure is one in nine."

A Baltimore lawmaker quoted in the article said the spike has to do with the incarceration of "mainly low-level drug users or drug dealers" who should be put "into treatment, which is far less expensive and much more effective."

What do you think about this report? And what can be down to curb the trend?

[Our panel of reporters will be tackling this story in today's roundtable. Check back at 4PM ET for a link to the audio.]