Disparity By Geography: The War on Drugs in American Cities
- Organization: The Sentencing Project
- Author: Ryan King
- Document Type: Report
- Creation Date: Friday, May 09, 2008
- Submitted: Friday, May 09, 2008
- Attachment: LINK
New report by The Sentencing Project examines the racial and geographic disparity in the drug war. The first city-level analysis of drug arrests, examining data from 43 of the nation's largest cities between 1980-2003. The study found that since 1980, the rate of drug arrests in American cities for African Americans increased by 225%, compared to 70% among whites. Black arrest rates grew by more than 500% in 11 cities during this period and in nearly half of the cities, the odds of arrest for a drug offense among African Americans relative to whites more than doubled.