A study done by The Sentencing Project found that the rate of Black imprisonment is declining faster than white imprisonment in the United States. However, media has not been covering this story as much as it should. There are many reasons for this, but one of the main ones is that journalists and editors often rely on what they know to be true, instead of investigating further. Its reported by media that it is because of the decline in mass incarceration but now, a report finds that the number of black men convicted of felonies has declined as well.
The data is in and it’s clear that something has changed when it comes to felony crime and incarceration rates for black men. According to a report recently released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, between 1991 and 2016, crime rates plummeted across demographics, with the biggest drop being seen in black males aged 25-34. This decrease in crime means that there are now far fewer black men behind bars; as incarceration rates have decreased by over 50%, from 1990 to 2016.
Furthermore, The incarceration rate of black women is declining as well, according to a recent report from the Sentencing Project. In 2015, black women were incarcerated at less than one-third of the rate of white women. This is a significant change from 1995 when black women were incarcerated at more than six times the rate of white women.
This means that the media tends to publish stories that reflect what they see in their everyday lives, which unfortunately does not always include successful stories about black people. So why don’t we hear more about this good news? And how can we change things so that we do?