Posted on October 24, 2020

Under Trump, Black Prison Rate Lowest in 31 Years, Hispanics Down 24%

Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, October 23, 2020

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%.


For its report, the DOJ counts those in prison for more than a year.

The report did not cite any reasons for the drop.