Criminal-justice “reform” has made some headlines in the past few years, but a recent study found that the average amount of time served behind bars rose by about five years from 2000 to 2014. Not surprisingly, the longest sentences are being given to black men.
“The key interesting finding—maybe not necessarily surprising to folks—is that time served and length of stay is growing and continues to grow, and importantly the people who are serving particularly long sentences, those prison terms are getting longer and longer,” said Ryan King, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and one of the study’s authors, to Newsweek.
Although some of the prisons somehow do not keep statistics on race and ethnicity, the institute discovered “significant racial disparities in prisons.”
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