Racial Inequality

W.Va. Prisons Data Show Significant Racial Disparity in Recidivist Life Sentencing

A Freedom of Information Request filed by WVPB which was used to analyze sentencing data in the state, showed 20 percent of people who have been sentenced to life in prison under the state’s three-strike law are Black men. That’s one out of every five cases in a state where Black people make up less than 4 percent of the population.

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