Examining Jail Sentencing Disparities

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Black Americans land in prison at six times the rate of white Americans, according to a new study from the Sentencing Project, which advocates for prison reform. The disproportionate jail rates are nothing new, but where prisoners live may surprise you.

Ryan King, co-author of the Sentencing Project Report, and Karen Garrison, who has twin sons currently in the prison system, offer their insight.



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