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October 30, 2023

Report: Minorities a Majority in WV Prison Population

Public News Service – A new study of incarceration trends shows Black people are jailed at a rate three times higher than their white peers in West Virginia, even though they only make up 14% of the population.

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In addition, research from the Prison Policy Initiative found disparities in the criminal justice system have not changed in the last decade, despite debates about addressing mass incarceration.

Wanda Bertram, communications strategist for the group, said decisions at a local level often dictate what happens

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