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Publication Date

3-27-2015

Category

Data/Demographics/History

Abstract

The region’s inequality has dramatic effects in every aspect of life, and the criminal justice system is no exception. As PPG documented in its 2013 report, Alarming Disparities, African-Americans account for 14% of Erie County’s population but 43% of arrests and 65% of prison sentences, and Hispanics represent 4.7% of the population but 7% of arrests and 9% of prison sentences. For some charges, the disparities are especially striking; for example, African-Americans account for 69% of misdemeanor marijuana possession arrests, although African-Americans use marijuana at roughly the same (or slightly lower) rates as whites.

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