Sunday, September 25, 2016

Actually, rich black kids are less likely to go to prison than poor white kids

Poor white kids are less likely to go to prison than rich black kids - The Washington Post: is worth reading, but it admits its title is wrong further into the article than many people will read: "Only the very wealthiest black youth —  those whose household wealth in 1985 exceeded $69,000 in 2012 dollars — had a better chance of avoiding prison than the poorest white youth. Among black young people in this group, 2.4 percent were incarcerated."

Read the whole thing. The second half is more nuanced than the first. As usual, they don't discuss another fact that may be relevant: white and Hispanic poverty is more rural than urban poverty; it would be interesting to know if the urban white poor are more likely to go to prison than the rural white poor.

Income and incarceration

Prisons of Poverty: Uncovering the pre-incarceration incomes of the imprisoned | Prison Policy Initiative: "in 2014 dollars, incarcerated people had a median annual income of $19,185 prior to their incarceration, which is 41% less than non-incarcerated people of similar ages."

Race, income, and education

2 out of 5 black children are living in poverty - Jul. 14, 2015: "More than half (52%) of Asian adults over 25 have a bachelor's degree, compared to 33% of whites, 19% of blacks and 14% of Hispanics."

Note that education can break someone out of poverty, but in general, young people get bachelor's degrees because of their family's wealth. This is why Sanders was right to support free higher education.