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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, May 17, 2021

Temin on Mass Incarceration and Racial Integration

Peter Temin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics) has posted Mass Incarceration Retards Racial Integration (Institute for New Economic Thinking Working Paper Series No. 155) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
President Nixon replaced President Johnson’s War on Poverty with his War on Drugs in 1971. This new drug war was expanded by President Reagan and others to create mass incarceration. The United States currently has a higher percentage of its citizens incarcerated than any other industrial country. Although Blacks are only 13 percent of the population, they are 40 percent of the incarcerated. The literatures on the causes and effects of mass incarceration are largely distinct, and I combine them to show the effects of mass incarceration on racial integration. Racial prejudice produced mass incarceration, and mass incarceration now retards racial integration.

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