REPORT: Minority Prison Rates are at Record Lows Under Trump

The mantra of leftist ideologies circle around the idea that Republicans and Conservatives, along with President Trump, are the cause nearly every problem that minorities and ethnic groups face. But as the left continues to virtue signal and create catchy campaign slogans, the Trump Administration is actually doing something about disparity in the United States.

Now that the statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics are in covering nearly all of Donald Trump’s four years in office, the numbers indicate that black imprisonment is at a thirty year low. To add to that, Hispanic imprisonment is at a twenty-four year low. Under President Trump, the number of incarcerated minorities has been steadily decreasing by a large margin every single year.

From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

The combined state and federal imprisonment rate for 2019 (419 per 100,000 U.S. residents), based on sentenced prisoners (those sentenced to more than one year), decreased 3% from 2018 (432 per 100,000 U.S. residents) (figure 1). This was the lowest imprisonment rate in 24 years, dating back to 1995. Since 2009, the imprisonment rate—the portion of U.S. residents who are in prison—has dropped 17% overall, including 29% among black residents, 24% among Hispanic residents, and 12% among white residents. At year-end 2019, there were 1,096 black prisoners per 100,000 black residents, 525 Hispanic prisoners per 100,000 Hispanic residents, and 214 white prisoners per 100,000 white residents in the United States. The total prison population in the U.S. declined from 1,464,400 at year-end 2018 to 1,430,800 at year-end 2019, a decrease of 33,600 prisoners. This was the largest absolute population decline since year-end 2015. 

From The Washington Post 

America’s imprisonment rate has dropped to its lowest level since 1995, led by a dive in the percentage of blacks and Hispanics sent to jail during the Trump administration, according to a new Justice Department tally.

For minorities, the focus of President Trump’s First Step Act prison and criminal reform plan, the rate is the lowest in years.

For blacks, the imprisonment rate in state and federal prisons is the lowest in 31 years, and for Hispanics, it is down 24%.

The numbers show that The Presidents First Step Act has been wildly successful up to this point. And although crime has spiked in several democratic cities across the country, much of that can be linked to Governors ordering prisoners’ to be released due to Covid-19, as well as the abysmal Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) that was endorsed by Kamala Harris – a plan that allowed convicted domestic abusers and even rapists back onto the streets before serving their time. This was not part of the President’s First Step Act. 

More from the Bureau:

At year-end 2019, an estimated 1,430,800 prisoners were under state or federal jurisdiction, a decrease of 2% from the 1,464,400 prisoners in 2018 and 11% from the peak of 1,615,500 prisoners in 2009 (table 1). About 88% of all prisoners were under state jurisdiction and 12% were under BOP jurisdiction in 2019, with state prisoners accounting for 86% of the decline in the total prison population from 2018 (not shown in tables). By yearend 2019, the total prison population declined for the sixth consecutive year, and the federal prison population declined for the seventh consecutive year. Thirty-five states showed decreases in their year-end prison populations from 2018 to 2019 (table 2). Texas had the largest decline (down 5,200 prisoners), followed by Missouri (down 4,300), whose laws on non-violent offenders’ parole eligibility changed in 2019. Large declines were also seen in New York (down 3,100), Illinois (down 1,700), Pennsylvania (down 1,500), and Florida (down 1,500). Prison populations increased in 12 states from 2018 to 2019, with Alabama seeing the largest increase (up 1,500 prisoners). Overall, the number of male and female prisoners both declined from year-end 2018 to 2019. The number of male prisoners, who made up 92% of the total prison population at year-end 2019, declined by more than 30,700 (down 2%) from year-end 2018. The number of female prisoners decreased by more than 2,800 (down 3%). 

Prison Reform was a necessity for American families across the country and is a policy that the left-wing media has been relatively quiet about given the success of the President’s Legislation. The full report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics is available here. 


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