According to a new fact sheet from The Sentencing Project, African-American youth are over 30 times more likely to be detained or incarcerated by the police in New Jersey than their white counterparts.
New Jersey has the highest black/white disparity rate in the country, twice that of Wisconsin, which is in second place. It is a distinction that we would be better off without.
An earlier report from the project indicates that New Jersey also has the worst black/white disparity rate for adult incarceration in state prisons in the country. A black adult is 12 times more likely to be incarcerated than a white adult.