Life Free at Last?
posted by January 15 at 12:15 PMon
According to the federal Household Survey, “most current illicit drug users are white. There were an estimated 9.9 million whites (72 percent of all users), 2.0 million blacks (15 percent), and 1.4 million Hispanics (10 percent) who were current illicit drug users in 1998.” And yet, blacks constitute 36.8% of those arrested for drug violations, over 42% of those in federal prisons for drug violations. African-Americans comprise almost 58% of those in state prisons for drug felonies; Hispanics account for 20.7%.
But the enforcement disparity in Seattle couldn’t be as bad, right?
African-Americans constitute about 8 percent of Seattle’s population yet 57 percent of adult drug arrests in 1999 were African-American.