Decades of Disparity: Drug Arrests and Race in the United States

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1 March 2009
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Human Rights watch
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A Human Rights Watch report revealing the extent of racial disparities in the war on drugs in the US. According to arrest data obtained from the FBI, in every year from 1980 to 2007, black people were 2.8 to 5.5 times more likely than white people to be arrested on drugs charges – even though, as other reports have shown, blacks and whites engage in drug offenses at roughly comparable rates.