What are your chances of going to prison?


"Back in 1979, African-American men who dropped out of high school had about a 15 percent chance of ending up in prison by age 30-35. These days, it’s nearly 70 percent." [via]

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  1. gweb says:

    Would love to see the number of for-profit prisons added to this graph.

  2. Fox News, "Surly the take home message from this is to lock up all Black students as soon as they drop out of High School!"

  3. atl says:

    I'd love to see these numbers controlled for petty drug offenses.

    I'm guessing the number of young black men imprisoned for murder, bank robbery, and the sort of stuff someone ought to be in prison for is flat (or better than flat) since 1979, but the petty drug stuff is both massively higher and racially discriminatory.

  4. A: "Well of course we need to lock up all those awful criminals with society going to hell in a handbasket these days."

    B: "Actually violent crime rates are considerably lower than they were in 1979."

    A: "Aha! It's working!"

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