Must See: The Reason 1 Out of 3 Black Men Go to Prison

What are the odds that you will go to prison? 1 out of 17 white guys wind up behind bars at some point. How many black guys can expect the same thing? 1 out of 3.

Transcript from Upworthy. Video via Brave New Films: Justice.

Narrator: Here are 50 white guys. Here are 50 black guys. Here’s how many white guys can expect to go to prison in their lifetime. The chances amount to 1 out of 17. Now, here’s how many black guys can expect the same thing. The chances are one out of three. Why? Lots of reasons. It’s complicated, but one thing is clear. There is racial bias at every level of the criminal justice system. When blacks and whites commit the same kind of crimes, blacks are more likely to be arrested. Once arrested, they’re more likely to be convicted. Once convicted, they’re more likely to serve longer sentences. Look at the numbers in America’s so-called war on drugs. About 14% of American drug users are black, as are about a quarter of drug sellers. Yet, blacks are 34% of the people arrested for drugs crimes. And those convicted of drug crimes? Forty-six percent are black. By the time we factor in sentencing, there are actually more black drug offenders than white ones in state prison and in federal prison. In the end, the incarceration rate for drug crimes is 10 times higher for blacks than it is for whites.

These are the facts. Racial disparity on America’s war on drugs is one big reason that one of three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.

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