African American males are more likely than others to be incarcerated
The incarceration rate—the number of prisoners per 100,000 residents—is more than six times higher for black males than for white males. The rate for Hispanic males is more than double that of white males. Black and Hispanic women also have higher rates than white women.
Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in 2010, by gender and race
Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Prisoners, 2010.