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Disproportionate Incarceration of African Americans for Drug Crimes: The Illinois Perspective
- In their 2000 study, the Human Rights Watch found that Illinois ranked first in the country with respect to Black-White disparities in prison sentences for drug crimes. The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority awarded a small grant to TASC for a preliminary investigation of racial disproportionality in sentencing for drug crimes. The current report is the third in a series of publications that highlight the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans for drug crimes in Illinois. The purpose of the current report is to describe the results of analyses of statewide data in order to test whether Human Rights Watchs findings on disproportionality were replicable and to consider a few hypotheses thatsuggest explanations for the arrest and imprisonment data and provide a basis for future discussions of remedies for racial sentencing disparities.
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