What We Know About Black Incarceration Just Isn’t So


This campaign cycle has featured a number of polls showing how many Americans are deeply convinced that social trends are going the opposite of the way they really are (e.g., the stock market is down in the past 8 years, unemployment is way up). This cycle has featured commentary that the rate of African-American incarceration keeps going up due to Bill Clinton’s terrible 1994 anti-crime bill…yet as you can see from the chart, the rate of Black incarceration is at a more than 20 year low.

To learn more, check out my latest piece at Washington Post’s Wonkblog.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College Lonon. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over ten thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.